EK-OHR Supports St. James School in Kakiimba Village, Mfangano Island

 By Brian Mattah, EK Center Data Manager and IT Specialist.

St. James Community Boarding School was founded in 2012 to support vulnerable students on Mfangano Island.  Currently, the school has a population of 140 pupils up to grade five of whom most are total or partial orphans.

Unfortunately, the resumption of learning was stalled during the coronavirus pandemic due to government restrictions on mitigations which were to be put in place before the reopening of schools.

Hand washing stations

St. James Director George Ooko, St. James Teacher, EK Nurse Scholastica, EK Chief Operations Officer Lavinah Chikamai, EK Council Member Joyce Obanda and EK Radio Presenter John Gariwuondoka during the presentation of the hand-washing stations.

The school had been using borrowed hand-washing facilities which would from time to time be taken away from them limiting student safety and creating more worries. The institution experienced a challenging situation due to regular scrutiny from the education authorities for breaching the laid prerequisites placed by the Ministry of Education before reopening.

EK Chief Operations Officer, EK Council Member and EK Nurse distributing the face masks to the pupils.

A pupil washing his hands from one of the newly donated wash points from Ekialo Kiona Center.

Ekialo Kiona Center recognized the need and donated three hand-washing points to help fight the pandemic and allow the school to re-open. Additionally, the school received hand sanitizer, bars of soap, reusable face masks and important sensitization talks from the EK  Nurse. The school’s administration appreciated the EK Center for the donation, which will help the pupils  and curb the spread of Covid-19.

The Ekialo Kiona Centre is glad to support this local school and surrounding community. We work to co-exist and build rapport to expand development and advance one another. We see this work as a step forward in service to bring up a happier and healthier generation.

Check out this video produced by community partner, Ekipi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zBhQP0hHRQ&feature=youtu.be