Donors lauded for contribution towards Soar Kenya Academy’s success

Barut-based Soar Kenya Academy Management has lauded all donors and well-wishers for their contribution towards various projects in the School.

The Schools’ Director James Yegon says donors and well-wishers have played key role in the shaping of the School.

According to him, the school has been able to fully prepare for the Juniro Secondary through the help of individuals and families that support education.

Taking to his official Facebook account, Yegon pointed out these individuals and families lauding them for the good gesture.

“Dear Henny Niessen , Julia Niessen  Niessen family and the friend of Niessen family. Receive many thanks from Soar Kenya academy family for your generous donation towards sponsorship of six pupils for one full year and finishing of our junior secondary school classrooms” he wrote.

The school has been doing well in the National Examinations.

In the 2022 class eight national examination KCPE, all the 35 candidates who enrolled scored 300 marks and above.

Yegon says, the success is attributed to the good motivation that teachers in the school receive.

The school has also been helping needy children from the village of Kilelwet through full sponsorship of their education.

Charity groups on a mission to improve livelihood in Barut

Residents of Barut in Nakuru West subcounty have a reason to smile after charity organizations stepped in with several support projects.

The projects that touch on water and education are aimed at improving livelihood in the area.

The area has had challenges among them lack of quality water services for many years.

However, a partnership between Rotary Club of Nakuru, Rotary Club of Davis Sunrise and Engineers without borders has solved the crisis.

Speaking at Soar Kenya Academy during the commissioning of vari projects among them water and classrooms, outgoing Rotary Club of Nakuru President Joab Okello also revealed that they are now embarking on a project to adopt several water boreholes for defluoridation.

He noted that for many years the locals have consumed water that has high levels of flouride that has negative repurcusion to their health.

“We are doing these water projects so that locals can be able to get quality water snd good health” stated Okello.

on her part Joanne Todd from  American Friends of kenya who spoke after commissioning administration Block building at Soar Kenya Academy reiterated the need for continued collaboration in improving education standards in the area.

She noted that education is key in transforming society.

“We all have responsibility to ensure a better society and way of doing such is through education” she said.

It should be noted that since establishment in 2011, Soar Kenya Academy has continued to positively impact the lives of many children from poor background.

Director and Founder Mr James Yegon lauded the donors for the continued collaboration and support.

He says education is the only transmission idea in the area.

“I just want to thank out donors and friends for the support. We know through education, these children will be able to assist their parents and have a bright future” said Yegon.

The event was also attended by incoming President Rotary Club of  Nakuru Rani Ramchandani as well as Quality Assurance officer Nakuru West Christopher Ogutu.





Innovative learning hub opened in Barut, Nakuru West to boost access to computer literacy skills


The first ever innovative hub dubbed ‘Ubunifu Learning Hub’ has been opened in Barut, Nakuru West Sub County to help boost computer literacy in the area.

The Hub situated at Barut Centre, Chelnet Plaza’s 1st Floor is an idea that was initiated by Co-Founders Information and Technology expert Connor Reilly (based in Chicago,USA) and Nakuru based Joab Okello.

It opened doors to learners on Monday to undertake basic computer training for free with only a registration fee of Ksh.200 while advanced computer training for Ksh.1000.

Speaking to this writer, Okello said the hub will go a long way in bridging the gap that has been in the area as far as information technology is concerned.

“In partnership with my friend Reilly we thought of coming up with this Hub so that we can empower the society by ensuring computer literacy for all” said Okello.

He added that as the world embrace ICT, concept of work changes because people will no longer depend on the traditional formal jobs hence need for youths to seize the opportunity

While noting the many opportunities in the digital world, he called on parents and guardians to support their children to embrace ICT through enrolling for such trainings at the Ubunifu Hub.

“There are many digital opportunities and that is why we urge young people to ensure they have the computer skills and knowledge and exploit the millions of jobs available in the digital space” said Okello.

Locals in the area have embraced the initiative terming it an eye opener to many opportunities for them.

Led by Jeremiah Langat, they said the project is what is needed not only in Barut but across Kenya with focus on IT manufacturing that is currently lacking.

“This is a project whose time is ripe for not only Barut but Kenya as a whole. We need to start thinking of IT manufacturing” stated Langat.

Sentiments echoed by Stanley Muchangi who urged youths to make good use of the opportunity and enroll for computer lessons.

Some of the youths led by Franciscah Cherotich and Dan Simiyu who have already enrolled for lessons at the Hub, lauded the initiative vowing to remain focused and complete their courses.

Lead tutor at the facility Ms Esther Wangeci on her part reiterated that there are many opportunities that come with computer literacy.

“There are many opportunities out there as long as you have skills in computer” she said.



Fishing suspended in Barut as government moves to restore sanity

There was drama on the shores of Lake Nakuru in Barut, Nakuru West Sub County after police officers were forced to lob teargas to members of the public following conflict surrounding the management of the fishing activities in the area.

Police officers on the shores of Lake Nakuru in Barut.PHOTO/Manoti.

The police confiscated all the boats that were involved in fishing activities in the area and took them to Kaptembwa Police station.

According to sources, police were acting as per the order from above to confiscate all the boats until the conflict surrounding the fishing activities in the area is addressed.

Area Deputy County Commissioner Elmi Shaffie who visited the scene after the drama failed to comment anything over the same.

Locals have been engaging in fishing activities since the rainy season that occasioned by the swelling of the Lake Nakuru.

However, there has been conflict in terms of management of the fishing activity in the area with two faction groups accusing each other of invading the area.

The community members in Barut claim there has been a group of fishermen from Naivasha who are colluding with some individuals from the community to reap big from the fishing activities in the area.

The members who spoke to this writer on anonymity said the fishing activity in the area should first benefit the locals before anyone can step in.

They pointed an accusing finger to some individuals whom they termed fish brokers who are out to enrich themselves.

“We should be given first priority as locals in this area before brokers can come in” said one of the locals.

It will be recalled that on August 5, 2020 area MP Samuel Arama while in Parliament sought a Ministerial statement with an aim to ensure those who were affected by the flooding are compensated.

Arama while on the floor of the House was very categorical that the locals have gone through a lot of loss occasioned by the perennial flooding from Lake Nakuru.

He added that the locals under the Muungano wa Wana vijiji should be allowed to solely do fishing as is transforming their livelihoods.

“The government should look on how the residents in Nakuru West who were affected by the floods occasioned by Lake Nakuru are compensated” he said.

Human Rights Defenders led Simon Ole Nasieku have lauded MP Arama for stepping in to ensure the rights of the residents are protected.

Nasieku is optimistic that the issue surrounding the fishing activities in Barut-Mwariki will be resolved through dialogue among all leaders.

“We are optimistic that MP Arama will call all leaders from this area so that amicable solution is reached and business can go on” said Nasieku.


Nakuru Private school cushions teachers, pupils against COVID-19 effects

SOAR-Kenya Academy in Barut Ward, Nakuru West Sub County has commenced a program of supporting their pupils and teachers through food and non-food donations to cushion them against COVID-19 financial effects.

SOAR-Kenya Academy’s Administration Block.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

This even as Private schools’ teachers continue to struggle to support their families during this COVID-19 pandemic.

But for SOAR-Kenya Academy, through USA-based Rotary Club over 400 pupils and their teachers are a happy lot.

On Saturday, the pupils and teachers could not hide their joy as they received their portions of the donations that is meant to cushion them against the COVID-19 effects.

The teachers narrating how they have been forced to take casual jobs to support their families while schools are closed.

Ms Anne Maritim-a teacher at the school says they have been going through a lot since March when the schools were closed due to COVID-19.

She appeals to the national government for support.

“We are really going through a lot as teachers in private schools” she said.

Sentiments echoed by SOAR-Kenya Academy Head teacher   Colins Kibet who says the donations from the donor will go a long way in helping the teachers during this difficult time.

He says the teachers’ salary depends on fees paid by parents but with the closure of schools in March due to COVID-19, then things are not the same.

“We want to appeal to the directors in Private schools to think of their teachers during this time so that they can take care of their families” said Kibet.

Accordign to the School’s Director James Yegon the closure of schools in March has negatively affected teachers in private schools.

He says this prompted him to start talking to friends from USA-Based Rotary Club who agreed to step in with some food and no-food donations.

Yegon admits that the teachers have not received salary since April due to the closure of the schools.

His appeal to the government is expedite the proposed process of giving funds to Private schools so that they can be able to manage the schools.

“The private schools teachers should be supported especially during this time. As management we are trying the much we can but with schools closed it becomes hard” said Yegon.

Schools closed in March due to the coronavirus and are to reopen in January if the pandemic is contained.


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