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2011 Interviews!

During the month of October 2010, we started receiving standard eight requests for sponsorship. The number of applicants received to date is 248. The interviews were carried out
today and the accepted marks were 330 for girls and 350 for boys. Some of the questions that were asked were home environment, why they need the scholarship, what they want to be after graduation from high school among others. The meeting was held at Ikumba Village in Maragoli. We had over 45 students in attendance.
On June 15th 2011, Christopher and his friend Samuel arrived in Kenya and were received by Humprey Lihanda Kisia a choir teacher at Chavakali High School, Wilson Nyavuke DAF Programme coordinator. They attended high school music festival in Vihiga County, took photographs, recorded music, and made friends.
On 17th June 2011 Christopher visited a number of primary and secondary schools, and also visited student's parents in their homes. He took photographs, videos, and interviewed pupils, parents and teachers. The schools he visisted included; Chanzuvu primary, Embaga primary, Chavugami primary, Chanda primary, Magui secondary, Nyang’ori secondary, St. Clares secondary and Chavakali high school. The homes they visited included Elton's home, Kelvin's and Philice's home. Mr Borges was accompanied by the local DAF OFFICE chairperson Mrs. Janet as well as Wilson. The first school to visit was Chanzuvu primary school where the following was noted and discussed at details with the head teacher :-
-         It has a population of 349 pupils
-         Has 8 teachers
-         Has no playground at all but the Municipal Council has bought land for them and they will need funds to reallocate the owner.
-         Has no library and a few books kept on shelves in the head teacher's office.
-         Has no water so pupils fetch water in the river about 3 km away .
-         The school has 9 permanent classrooms and an office
-         The head teacher of the school is Mr. Solomon Mulisa who gave the visitors a warm welcome.
-         The school has a lunch feeding program for std 6, 7, and 8.only. They take porridge for lunch. The feeding Program is funded by parents.

At Embaga primary, the school has 9 classrooms and an administration block. The pre-unit children’s class lack desks which is the major problem in the school. They share 3 pupils per desk and they have no lunch program and the orphan ratio is high at 50% of the school population. Parents death is mainly caused by malaria and HIV/AIDS. The school has a well organized library.

At Magui day secondary school the visitors were received by the principal of the institution Mr. Sienya who thanked DAF for the financial support it gives to the students and the school at large. Through discussion, the following was highlighted:
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