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Encouraging school attendance
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School open day for villagers
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At the chalk face
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Blue is the school colour – as if you hadn’t guessed

With the new bike at our disposal, Vitalis and I were able to visit parents and children in what he calls ‘the interior’, a densely wooded area accessible down narrow footpaths towards the river.

We met parents who were clearly struggling financially and whose aimless children had missed the first 3 weeks of the school term. We invited everybody to an open meeting to show them the new school and all the supplies we brought from Lancashire ‘that are not available anywhere else in Kakamega’, which drew impressive gasps.

The result? Eight new children registered within a couple of days – and Shalom Academy is a lot noisier!

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