A while ago, six of ten ASSETS schools received a special visitor. This was Sarah French, the director of operations at A Rocha international.She together with Stanley, Festus, Jonathan and Furaha did a tour of the schools that benefit from the ASSETS Eco bursary scheme.
They hoped to give Sarah French a first hand experience of the schools and get a feel of reality on the ground. Though they would have loved to take her to all the ten schools,it was not as possible as the schools are tens of kilometers apart with very bumpy sandy roads that make it impossible to do it in a day.
Among the schools visited were Kahingoni primary school, which is Furaha’s (an ASSETS graduate who is currently volunteering at A Rocha Kenya) former primary school and Nyari Primary school,Jonathan’s former primary school.
Jonathan is also a former ASSETS beneficiary that joined A Rocha Kenya recently as a conservation assistant.
In one of the schools, Malanga primary school, they met Mwaboza. Mwaboza is now a teacher at the school after he was able to make it through high school, thanks to the ASSETS Eco tourism scheme .A generous sponsor paid for his college education fulfilling his dream of becoming a teacher.
The ASSETS program is not about just a general community project in the name of conservation.It is about individually tangible benefits that transform the lives of the local people and can directly be attributed to the environment.