Mercy Primary School, the pride of the determined community who work to ensure their children received the best possible education, is located in a small rural village on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya. When COCO first visited the school, infrastructure and resources were severely lacking. There are currently 125 students enrolled at Mercy Primary School, and 13 members of staff.
Since COCO began partnering with Mercy Primary School, an admin block has been built to give staff a place to meet and operate, and final touches were given to composting toilets. A school farm has also been set up to increase income. The farm’s income is expected to be sufficient to make the school self-sustainable and will enable teachers to be paid a reasonable salary, reducing staff turnover. The farm is fully equipped with a farmer’s house, solar power, and a solar powered water pump. The farm grows crops and will soon also be raising chickens. This provides nutritious food for the students as well as additional income for the school.
Students at Mercy Primary School are currently studying in dangerous classrooms made of corrugated iron. COCO is currently trying to raise the funds to replace these classrooms. Four classrooms have now been built, but seven more classes are still without a safe place to learn.