At EOS, we love children. We strive to do our small part to give each child an equal opportunity at life.
In June/July 2015, we undertook to build three (3) classrooms in Kenya's Northern frontier, the cradle of mankind - Turkana county. The Turkanas have, for several decades, been marginalized. We believe that education is the key to reshaping a community's fortunes by empowering a new generation to lift *themselves* out of poverty; most importantly, to reduce their community's reliance on NGO handouts and make them productive.
We identified 2 primary schools which did not have even a single classroom: PAG Aburur (Kalemng'orok) and Kaitioko (Lokichar). The kids would literally learn under a tree (shady trees are few and far between) and be forced to go home soon after the midday sun due to the scorching heat. These schools have a combined population of over 700 children - 150 nursery kids below the age of five and 550 primary kids between the age of six and thirteen.
We designed, fabricated, transported and constructed three (3) classrooms in Lokichar and Kalemng'orok. The challenge was unlike any that we had ever faced - from lack of raw materials (no building stones, no water) to logistical nightmares to an unmotivated labour force to the extreme harsh working environment (temperatures reaching 40 degrees-C). We are proud to have overcome these numerous obstacles and EOS has kept our promise to the children of PAG Aburur and Kaitioko.
Classrooms were constructed on a RC-ring foundation supporting RHS columns upon which steel trusses sit. Trusses were pre-fabricated by us in Nairobi. Walling consisting of wire-mesh tied between columns filled with hardcore stone, cemented together on both the inside and outside. Galvanized iron sheets for roofing.
Naturally, they were finished off with 2kWp Solar PV systems along with lighting points and sockets meant to provide power for laptops.