THE Shoalhaven sponsored school in East Kenya is achieving great academic results and its driving force, Rhonda Moore, couldn’t be happier.
The country’s four national examination results were announced recently and the Angaine School’s results were among the best in the country.
Mrs Moore is the matriarch of the Angaine School project, which started almost 15 years ago.
With funds raised from the Shoalhaven and donations of equipment, the school is thriving.
“I am so excited about the results, I just can’t believe it,” Mrs Moore said.
“The students grab the opportunity to go to school and they are so keen to learn.
“They are beating schools that would have all the modern equipment.”
Angaine School students learn in classrooms with dirt floors and have no electricity.
“All we need to get them connected to electricity is $1000,” she said.
Mrs Moore’s voice swells with pride when she talks about these students.
“Some of the students are 24 years old and had to wait that long to get to school,” she said.
“We also have 11 students going to university.”
The students’ commitment to learning amazes Mrs Moore.
“They walk 14 kilometres to get to school and then they walk home at the end of the day,” Mrs Moore said.
The students are also provided with a hot meal – their only one for the day.
Mrs Moore wants to do more for the students and is once again in fund-raising mode.
On Sunday, June 1 she will host a high tea with a difference at the Roxy cinema.
There will be a screening of The First Grade, a film based on the true story of a man from a mountain village in Kenya who started school when he was 84 years old.
The event starts at 2pm, the movie commences at 2.30pm and the cost is $15 per person.
Funds raised will go to the construction of a chemistry lab, which the school badly needs.
Mrs Moore has been in contact with school principal Joshua M’ithinji.
“We thank you for your continued support, which has greatly contributed to our academic successes,” he said.
She is planning to take a group to the school in July and she said if people wanted to come they should act quickly because places are limited.
When she travels to Kenya in July, Mrs Moore will take gifts, including the knitted beanies the children love.
For more information about the school, fund-raiser and trip email rhondamoore
@virtualcity.com.au or call her on 4421 0132.