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Reaching out to Lesirwo Mixed Secondary School

Kipkelion is a region with beautiful scenery, culture and people. However, consistently over the years the performance in national examinations at primary and secondary levels has been poor. This implies that majority of the students from the community are locked out of the national benefits that come with the opportunity to join national high schools or Universities to further their education. Core to solving this, is the improvement of teaching and learning experience for the students. Very many factors have been suggested about what positively influences student learning.


One of the consensuses is that the presence of the student during class has a positive influence on their eventual performance. The girls are embarrassed by lack of proper sanitary towels during their menstruation days, and since they cannot afford them, they consent to sexual favors in return for money and this leads to early pregnancies causing them to miss classes.


On 9th May three members of staff – Hilderlith Ogutu, Valentine Maingi and Mary Kipkemoi and three graduating students from School of Finance and Applied Economics – Kaunda Nzilani, Tabitha Olang and Elaine Mungai, travelled to Kipkelion to present the donation of a year’s supply of sanitary towels to 197 girls who are enrolled at Lesirwo mixed secondary school. This is the second year of the project’s running. It not only provides sanitary towels to the girls, but also offers mentorship on the beauty of womanhood and how they can positively contribute to their society and improve their grades in school.


The day was full of song, fun and laughter as well as some serious hour long lectures delivered by the visitors. In the end, the community thanked all the benefactors, presenting them with gifts of classic Kaisugu tea from the hills of Kericho.


The project would like to extend its gratitude to all the benefactors including: Mr. & Mrs Wambua, Joyce Mwikali Mutinda, Pius, Esther Wangui, Dr. Caroline Njenga, Lucy Muthoni, John Ocheche, Belinda Wangu, Eusebio Munene, Simeon Kiprop, Natasha Wanja (Uganda), Mary Omingo, Sarah Muigai, Oliver Nambiro, Mrs. Hilderlith Ogutu, Mr. & Mrs. Maina, Philip Ngovi, Caroline (USA),Anne Migwi, Peter Osogo, Mercy Kano, Valentine Maingi, Elaine Mungai, Tabitha Olang, Kaunda Nzilani, Tabitha Njuguna, Murimi, Naomi May Mwangi, Anne Makumi, Muthoni Nganga, Lillian Ollows, Geoffrey Injeni, Strathmore University COP, and lastly the Parents of Lesirwo


COP encourages all staff members to join them in helping improve the society.