The 17-year-old was
hoping to sit for the final exams in primary school in 2016 but
was forced to defer his dream of joining secondary school.
Caso Upendo Primary
School located at the heart of Mathare slums was burnt to the
ground after a fire broke out in the neighboring temporary
Due to congestion
and lack of roads through the informal settlement, county
firefighters were unable to reach in time to save the school.
As a result, about
400 students were sent home while their peers in more upmarket
localities continued with their studies.
So when Chinese
charity organization, Dream Building Service Association (DBSA),
funded the reconstruction of the school, students were elated at
the prospect of rejoining formal education.
The DBSA partnered
with Chinese firms including KEDA ceramics to rebuild the school
at a cost of 55,000 U.S. dollars.
The school which has
since been renamed KEDA DBSA School reopened its door on Friday,
making it one of the few permanent structures in the sprawling
slums associated with violent crime.
director of the DBSA, told Xinhua at the school that the aim of
his organization is to play a role in uplifting the lives of the
less fortunate members of Kenyan society.
Liu said in Nairobi
that through his charitable work he hopes to change the
perception of Chinese in Kenya.
“We want to show
that Chinese are in Kenya for benefit of Kenyans so as to
achieve win-win relationship,” Liu added.
The DBSA which was
formed four years ago also has a school feeding program in
Nairobi slums. “We are currently feeding 1,700 students in slum
schools to help them keep in school,” he added