500 Pupils Benefit from Bedding worth S.75 million

About 500 children from Olkirikirai Primary School, in Narok North Sub-County have benefited from beddings, worth S.75 million, donated by a Non-Governmental Organization that aims at giving the children a comfortable night.

The organization, dubbed, ‘Sleeping Children Around the World’ (SCAW), from Canada and a Rotary Club, gave a mattress, blanket, bed sheets and a mosquito nets worth Sh3, 500 to each of the most vulnerable children in the school.

Speaking after the distribution exercise in the school Monday, former President of Rotary Club-Nairobi, Ms. Ann Van Lauwe said about 5, 000 children were set to benefit from the materials across the county by the end of the year.

We have visited Mukuru kwa Njenga, Makindu and Kariobangi, where children have benefited. We will move to other sites until we ensure 5, 000 children in the country benefit by the end of the year, she said.

She challenged the wealthy, in the society to join hands with the organizations and help the needy children in the society.

We do not have to wait for foreigners to support the needy in our society. We too can share the little we have with the less fortunate in the society, so that every child sleeps comfortable, she added.

Clarence Deyoung, a volunteer with SCAW said the organization believed that when children get good night sleep they are more attentive in school.

We believe that when children sleep well, one will perform well at night and become more active in school, hence better performance, he said.

Deyoung said the organization in collaboration with Rotary Club � Nairobi has been distributing the materials to Kenyan children for the past 18 years, where 5, 000 children benefit per year.

He said all the materials they distribute were made in the country, and besides helping the children, the organization helps in creating jobs in the manufacturing industries.

Olkirikirai Primary School head teacher, Peter Kisio said the donation was a big boost to the young learners, who mostly come from poor backgrounds.

He said the school has a population of 1, 050 pupils, but selected 500 of them, who were most vulnerable to benefit from the package.

Emmanuel Nampaso, a class eight boy could not hide his joy when receiving the package, hoping to do well in the National Examination, over comfortable nights he will be having.

Source: Kenya News Agency