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Investing in Education at the Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project

In Q1 2024, the Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project initiated vital initiatives to improve education and sanitation. Through community collaboration and government support, 28 toilets were constructed and 12 classrooms were renovated, directly benefiting thousands of students. These efforts enhance education access and promote better health outcomes in the project area.

By Jane Okoth   |   Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project
Investing in Education at the Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project
School children in the Kasigau project area

Classroom Renovation and Construction

The Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project continues to improve access to education by allocating funds to this sector. The investment primarily targets the renovation and construction of classrooms within the Kasigau project area. 

In collaboration with community members and the government, the project recently completed significant milestones, including the renovation of 12 classrooms at Mbele Primary, with two new constructions, and the construction of one classroom at Mwanangao Nursery School. Additionally, two renovated classrooms were handed over at Mazola Preparatory School. These efforts directly address previous challenges stemming from dilapidated classrooms, thereby improving student concentration. Since the project’s inception, over 32,000 students have received bursaries, further reinforcing the commitment to education access.

Toilet Block Handovers

Nearly half of the global population does not have access to safe sanitation, and two billion people do not have access to handwashing facilities with soap.” – Unicef

One in three schools worldwide lack proper toilets, jeopardizing children’s sanitation rights and exposing them to diseases. In the Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project in Kenya, over half of schools, especially primary ones, suffer from inadequate or deteriorating toilet facilities.

Responding to this, community-led carbon committees have allocated funds for constructing toilet blocks in schools across Mwatate and Marungu within the Kasigau project area. Recently, in collaboration with local committees and government representatives, the project inaugurated various projects, including administration blocks and multiple toilet blocks in several schools. Since the project’s inception, 28 toilets have been constructed in primary schools, with 6 more underway, significantly enhancing sanitation in the region. This investment in infrastructure not only facilitates education access but also addresses menstrual health challenges.

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