Kanyala Little Stars – growing bigger with help from Canada

It is always a treat to visit the Kanyala Little Stars School on Rusinga Island. I have been dropping in to this school for the past 8 years and it has been interesting to see it grow and prosper. The school was started by Benta Odihambo, a local widow and ex-teacher who poured her heart into trying to improve the education of vulnerable kids in the community.

For a long time, she struggled to make it work but in the past few years, with support from CanAssist and other individuals and organizations the school has grown to 290 students all the way from age 4 to Grade 8.

The newest addition of classrooms to Kanyala Little Stars school.  Still a bit of outside finishing to to but it is a sturdy and spacious building.

The newest addition of classrooms to Kanyala Little Stars school. Still a bit of outside finishing to to but it is a sturdy and spacious building.

This year we were pleased to provide funding for a building that houses two classrooms. Since the property is running out of space, provision was made with a strong base to eventually be able to move upward.

The school has had academic success with their grade eight students standing at the top of the local district and third out of ninety in the sub-county in standardized exams done to determine admission to secondary school.

Benta Odihambo's sons, Blasto and Samwel accept the donation from the St Mark's congregation in Barriefield to purchase sanitary pads for the older girls at the school.

Benta Odihambo’s sons, Blasto and Samwel accept the donation from the St Mark’s congregation in Barriefield to purchase sanitary pads for the older girls at the school.

The women of St Mark’s Church in Barriefield, just outside Kingston, have formed a special bond with Kanyala Little Stars and I was pleased bring money from these women to the school for purchase of sanitary pads for the older girls – a program that has dramatically improved attendance for these girls, one of whom topped the girls marks for the district.

I have missed having a visit with Mama Benta this year – she died unexpectedly in mid 2013, but the family continues to manage the school and attempts to keep the high standards.

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One thought on “Kanyala Little Stars – growing bigger with help from Canada

  1. Indeed through the help of the Canadian team under the leadership of John Geddes we have moved many steps ahead. This is just the beginning. It now that we have started the race. For the past 15 years that we have been in operation you will notice that we grow yearly. This is due to the power that was installed in us by the late Mama Benta. “Children are the future and the future is here. Human being is more than a profit.” These are the good words from our late founder Director that keep us growing. Let us all support Kanyala Little Stars

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