Fayetteville High School Students are raising funds to help build an all girls dormitory for their peers across the globe! The Sirembe Secondary School in Kenya is raising funds to build a much needed Girls Dormitory and the FHS students wanted to try and lend a hand!
The girls dorm is an essential thing for this community, especially for the girls there. Sirembe Secondary School is a school for boys and girls, but until January of this year no girls were allowed to board there because there was not separate facilities available or leadership to find the facilities. The new principal, Mr. Airo, who started in January has made it his mission to give girls the same opportunities as the boys. He started this year off by turning an extra classroom into a temporary facility for the girls to board. 40 girls are living there currently while they raise money to build a separate dormitory for 200 girls.
There are many reasons why this is important. It is better for boys and girls to board at school in the environment they are in. All of their time and energy can be spent on their studies if they are boarding at school. If they are staying at home there is usually a lot of manual work and chores to be done and their studies suffer. The area doesn't have much access to electricity, except on the main road where the school is, so if they stayed at home they would have no light to study with at home. For all of them and for the girls especially safety is an issue because they have to walk sometimes up to an hour to and from school, many times it is before sunrise and after sunset. It is not safe for young girls to be walking alone in the dark anywhere in the world.