Five months after the launch of the Kenya project, construction of the library and media center at Siana Girls’ Secondary School was completed in November 2017. The fully operational center will open in January 2018 at the start of the next Kenyan school term. The two-room facility will serve the whole of Siana Girls’ Secondary School (SGSS), where attendance nearly doubled over the past year. Staff at the girls’ school and our partner MAO Kenya are currently in the process of furnishing the center with age-appropriate books and technology.
The center was built in the center of Siana Girls’ Secondary School’s campus. During the construction, volunteers and laborers added thick bars to the windows of the structure to add extra security for the technology and books that will be stored there. Shelves and desks were built during construction. SGSS staff and members of MAO Kenya purchased books this week and are working diligently to get the school connected to the Kenyan power lines. If they are able to confirm that SGSS will have electricity, they will purchase standard computers for the students that will be used to teach basic computer skills. Otherwise, solar charged computers and their accompanying solar panels will be purchased.
In a recent email about the progress of the library and media center, Fred Mutaka, Deputy Principal and form 1-3 history teacher shared, “All the students and teachers are excited about the media center and we all look forward to its services next term. Thank you.”