This is a school of 310 students aged 5 -19 in an extremely remote and poor district of Kenya on the River Tana just outside the Kora National Park..
The school was built by the colonialists in the 60s but after a few years of operation it remained unused for 3 decades.The local community started up an unofficial pre-primary class in 2000 after which the government accredited the school and did some basic renovations.
Pupil numbers grew rapidly and the government now supplies five teachers in addition to the headteacher.
Problems for the school are wide ranging: insecurity, drought, poverty, lack of resources, poor working conditions for teachers, early marriage, high level of adult illiteracy, child labour, hiv/aids.
The Asako Primary School Trust was set up in September 2006. Since then TAS has supplied funding for staff accommodation for 8 teachers, renovated all 8 classrooms, desks, fuel efficient cookers, lockable storage, curriculum materials and books, a caretaker, fence, 4 extra teachers including 2 women, educational visits and out of school hours activities.
The nursery is now thriving, the enrolment of girl students has increased and a very successful adult literacy class for women has been established. Exam results in 2015 were improved especially for girls.
Partnerships have been established with the Kenya Wildlife Service who have helped with logistics, communication and project management.
This is a complicated community and the school faces regular setbacks and environmental challenges. The area is not very secure at present so meetings are usually held in Mwingi or Nairobi. It is however important to keep working in this area and it is for that reason that TAS has been supporting the school for longer than usual.