A mention of Chemolingot Primary School in Baringo County, many will think it is just like any other primary school but this is not the case.
The school situated in Nginyang’ Division acts a as rescue centre as it offers consolation to young girl who were rescued from the retrogressive cultures such as Female genital mutilation and early marriages.
The School which is both day and boarding has seen many Pokot girls find refuge with hope to fulfill their dreams.
According to the School headteacher Ms Florence Lomariwo, the primary school has become home for over 200 Pokot girls who abandoned their homes to avoid circumcision and early marriage.
However, the school despite being started by missionaries’ way back in 1975 still faces challenges of infrastructure.“We have a lot of challenges since the school still needs basics for the girls including bedding” she says.
The old dormitories are dilapidated with no doors and the girls and boys have no beds to accommodate them.
Ms Lomariwo says the population has increased to over 700 pupils with majority being girls hence support is needed to ensure that the pupils have a good learning environment.
The school has 13 dedicated teachers.
“The school since 2003 has been absorbing girls who have ran away from the retrogressive cultures such as FGM and early marriages.” says the Headteacher.
Despite the harsh conditions, already six girls have been able to continue with their studies up to University level.
Ms Lomariwo says hers is a calling and she will do all she can to ensure the dreams of the girls are achieved.
She is however appealing to all well wishers to join hands in supporting the school so that the dreams of the girls can be achieved.
“The beds which I got in this school are now worn hence need to support the school. The community should now embrace education for the girl child” says Ms Lomariwo.
It is due to these challenges that the Management of Nakuru’s Gilani’s Supermarket in partnership Rotary Club Nakuru donated various items to the school on Sunday June 16th 2019.
The items worth Kshs.750, 000 included 50 double-decker beds, 150 desks and chairs, 100 mattresses and pillows as well as chairs and tables for the teachers.
Speaking at the school during the handing over ceremony, Mr.Shamshar Gilani said the challenge faced by the school is what prompted the Board to support.
He added that the Board will also sponsor one boy and a girl form Pokot up to University.In addition, the Board will also sponsor other 10 needy students form Pokot up to University.
While assuring continued support to the school,Mr.Gilani also urged the pupils to work hard in their education adding that it is the only mind opener.
“We shall continue to support the school as education is the only mind opener” said Mr.Gilani.
The function was also attended by area MCA Daniel Tuwit,Baringo County Chief Officer Devolution and Public administration Mr.Moses Lokidor among others.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Pupils at Chemolingot Primary School in Baringo County have a test of the new desks donated by Gilanis in partnership with Rotary Club Nakuru.