Industrialist help a Community to build a Secondary School

An Industrialist in Kajiado County has helped a Community to build a Secondary School from scratch, thereby creating a lifeline for their children transition from Primary to Secondary Education.

The Founder and Managing Director for Isinya Feeds Limited, Mr. Dipark Shar, has singlehandedly financed the construction of basic infrastructure of Kisaju-Dipark Secondary School in Isinya.

The Principal of the School, Mrs. Agnes Omusula said the community donated 10 acres of land on which Mr. Shar constructed of 8 classrooms, dormitory, an office administration, furniture, desks for the classrooms.

Mrs. Omusula said the benefactor had also financed the entire network of electricity in the school apart from buying 40beds for the hostel, fencing the school compound and construction of ablution blocks for students.

The Principal, who spoke in her office yesterday, said the facility had created an opportunity for children in the area to access secondary education given there was no school in the vicinity.

She said the boarding facility gave a chance to the nomadic nature of the community to have their children in school as the family looks for water and grazing fields for their livestock during unusually dry seasons.

She, however, lamented that some families prevailed upon their children, particularly boys to take care of their livestock.

Mrs. Omusula, nevertheless, thanked the Ministry of Education and the Teachers Service Commission for sending Capitation funds to the school and Teachers, saying this had eased the school fees burden on parents also financing the salaries of teachers employed by the School Board of Management (BOM).

She said she kept in boarding school children whose parents paid as Shs.10,000, saying sending them away would compound the unpredictable cultural inhibitions the children faced accessing education.

She also thanked the Area Governor Joseph Ole-Lenku for having sunk a borehole in the school, making it easy for students to access water within the school.

Mr. Shar said he identified the educational needs of the community and decided to help by putting up a school.

“There is no school nearby,” Mr. Shar, who has to be persuaded to speak, said.

He said he has had an agribusiness in the community and gotten tremendous support and goodwill from the members of the comity.

He challenged fellow businessmen and industrialists to support the communities, in which they work, saying there was no nobler undertaking other than helping people meets their needs.