We were able to send £2553 to the Aquinoe Learning Centre to cover the regular expenses of salaries for specialist staff (physio, computer teachers, tailor and assistant) and sponsorship for some of the pupils. The remainder of the money is to be used for food, water supply and paint for the classrooms.
Since rainfall is inconsistent in this area of Kenya water supply can vary. The charity has already supplied a plastic water tank and a pump. Some of the money sent in this transfer will be used to purchase guttering, pipes and a tank so that rainwater can be harvested and stored. Drilling for a new well is being investigated and more money for water conservation and supply will be sent in the future.
Food prices are, at present, very high so we are contributing a small amount of money to the purchase of food. Irregular climate patterns mean that food supply is not always predictable and costs of maize, rice, sugar and beans can fluctuate. The trustees are looking into the possibility of purchasing more land at some point for growing crops so the school would be able to supply some of its own, thus reducing the amount spent on commercially produced food.