I could not believe my ears when some greeted me that way 1000km from Nairobi
Sololo market square
Sololo population is 40, 000
About 80km from Moyale town
Ethiopia is 2km up the hill
Most of the goods come from Ethiopia
You can find all soughts
of trades at the market square,
but the livestock market is near
the main road
People rely on livestock as the
main source of Income.
There are about 16 primary schools
2 secondary schools one for boys and one for Girls
1 village polytechnic
started in 2009
Sololo primary school
Oldest primary school
14 mentally disabled
Anona Primary School
Primary education is free from class 1-8, Parents are however required to buy school uniform
Enrollment of girls in primary school is usually quite high in the lower classes. As time goes by, the number begins to dimish in the upper classes.
Girls are subjected to doing house chores such as fetching firewood & cooking leaving them little time for their studies.
The overall student permance in most schools is quite low as compared to other parts of the country.
Most homes do not have power and doing homework is a challenge for many students.
Lack of school fees and the students lack of motivation to continue with their studies has increased cases of school dropouts in the area.
Most Teachers hail from the community so the use of vernacular in schools in not uncommon. Communication in Kiswahili and English is poor.
Hawecha Girls primary school
Hawecha Girls Primary School
Total of 234 girls about 30 of them orphaned
31 in standard 8
The school forcuses on educating girls
They have a boarding wing where 100 girls board.
They encourage the girls to board in order to concentrate on their studies.
4 funtional latrines
The school has one female teacher
A Fence around the school could offer the parents and students assurance of security
Parents are skeptical of sending their girls to boarding schools. They prefer to have them closeby inorder to keep an eye on them.
Inadequate water tanks, toilet facilities and lighting( Power ) and proper kitchen.
Challenges in educating girls
Also threatening the girl education is early marriages and FGM.
Girls can be married as early as class 5. ( although in some incidences the area chief and elders have intervened )
The lack of female teachers may inflence the girl education,since they need role models and someone to open up to.
Girls shy away from discussing basic topics such as using sanitally towels. I Did’nt come a cross sanitally towels in the shops.
In day schools girls opt to stay at home during their periods.
Sex talk is taboo, incase of unwanted pregnacies the pregnant girl is bannished from her family for good.
Uran Primary school
One school of the schools with suffiencent power supply.
The school has 24 solar pannels
One computer with
( telkom wireless )
They also have one
There are two dams in the area
This dam is the main source of water in the commuinity.
It serves as a water source for both humans and livestock
Gutters on roof tops
Rain water is tapped from roof tops
Schools with storage water tanks use this system to
Students fetching water
In the dry season students are required to bring water from home.
The water is used to cook their meals which is part of the free primary education
A diesel water pump connected to the dam was used to pump water in the past.
This service has however ceased with no one to cater for the diesel costs.
Filled up pit Latrines
Holes like this everywhere
During the heavy
rainy season holes like
this are easily flooded.
School pit latrine
Most schools have 4 funtional toilets 2 for boys and two for girls. There was one school with no toilet at all
Students are keen on planting trees
In this school every student has his/her own sappling and has to take care of it
Once an agricultural district
At one time this area produced tons of Maize and Beans
The Kenya cereal
board had a
Most of the food
and vegetables is
imported from Ethiopia
People also rely on relief food for survial
The energy saving jiko
Uses 3-4 pieces
This jiko is used in most
Traditional way of cooking
Having a cup of tea at a women’s group meeting
Basic commodities are available in many shops or kiosks
Driving through the main street
Road side Kiosk
This is the main hopstial
In addition there 2 government dispensaries serving the community
orphans living at the mission hospital
The children go to school,but are fed and taken care of
by the hospital
Sololo Mission Hospital
The hospital has an under five year old clinic, giving free immunization to children
Own water bore hole and solar panels
They have a maternity wing& operating theatre
Anti- Natal Care
Normal delivery cost 1000 kshs
They also have outreach programmes where they educate the community on Health issues, but not without challenges
Despite the hospital having a qualified doctor and nurse the hospital services are under utilizied
Culture influences are strong
The number of children born in the hospital is lower than that of those born at home.
Women rely on traditional midwifes for services
Common diseases in children include, Diahorrea, malaria, skin diseases, burns and coughs.
TB, HIV and Malaria cases in adults
Lack of supplimentary milk for suckling mothers
Lack of nutrition knowlege ( amenia is common ) stable food is Rice, spaggetti and meat. Vegetables are rare most & won’t eat fish.
With the place been remote, well trained nurses prefer to move to urban centres.
Baraza with leaders
These are influencial members of the community.This is a close knit commuinty and having leaders on board is important.
The elders voiced their concerned over the increasing use of drugs and illicit brew within the youth and are supportive to us doing eCAP workshops
Chewing of ”Miraa” is the order of the day
There are lots of school drop outs, and those who complete secondary schools do not continue with further studies.
Accessibility to further education is also a challege. Maybe due to their poor grades and there are no colleges in the area or lack of school fees.
The youth lack social activities. Entertainment, games,Library services & vocational training.
There is a village polytechic teaching, masonary and tailoring and there is need for more trained staff and introduction of new courses eg mechanics.
The Kenya Broadcasting Corparation (KBC ) is the main source of news through Radio. Newspapers are rare
” Merry go round”
Individual groups decide on a monthly contribution by every group member.
” Merry go rounds” as they are commonly known, have enabled women create their own wealth. The amount of money collected is then given to one member of the group montly. The member can use the money for school fees, hospital bill etc
They also raise funds to a common business together, like making bricks, growing vegetables and making ornaments, but due to the low income in the area it can take long to raise even small sums
Dadu Women group
Active for 6months
20 shs weekly
The women gathered here to fence this piece of land. It will also be used for holding meetings in future and making bricks
Tulu resourse women’s group
Each member raised 100 shs to buy brick building material.
One brick costs 6 shs.
Grow your Vegetable
Sukuma wiki ( kales )& tomato garden.
The women take turns in watering it.
Teaches: Masonary & Tailoring
A good samaritan donated 10 computers, but the school has no power
orphans & handicapped
There is a large number of orphans and single parents than I expected.
Orphans are left under the care of their grandparents or relatives. There is no orphanage in the area.
Mobile Phone Network
Safaricom has quite a good reception. Most people use mobile phones for communication and off course the company’s money transfer service.
Mode of transport
These trucks ferry people and goods between Nairobi & Moyale for 2500 KSHS
Have a wonderful Journery REMEMBER
carry your own mechanic or take a course if you can
Lots of spare wheels ( preferably tubless ) you can repair this yourself
Petro stations are Kilometers apart
The nearest waterpoint is in the next town, probably 200km somewhere