School Income Generation
For LTT to start its school exit strategy we must have completed all that was initially asked of us and the school must have run its market garden at a profit for 2 years.
The Managhat and Waangwaray schools have both reached that target which is exciting news. Managhat’s market garden generated a profit of £809. It paid the school’s electricity bill covering all lighting, phone recharging, computers and the water pump; it contributed £112 to school repairs and a further £256 towards costs of volunteer teachers, new equipment and exam fees for the poorest children. It was left with £182 to reinvest in the farm for this year. Waangwaray’s farm made a profit of £507, from which it too paid its electricity bill with the same benefits that brings, paid £121 for school maintenance and is left with £216 to invest in the farm this year. Malangi, which is a new garden and still learning, made a profit of £56, which it spent getting the school ready for the Freedom Torch. It is the cows that generate the real funds and this is why we are adding a further cow shed at Managhat this year. It is also the reason why FT Sumaye have asked for our assistance to build a cow shed at their school so that they can copy the model we have developed at Managhat. It is always great when people want to copy what we are doing. You can only imagine my happiness when I arrived at Mtuka Primary School to find that a teacher, who had been transferred from one of our partner schools, had already started to build a market garden at his new school. Together with the town engineers and agricultural officers we are exploring designs to build a market garden at the new school in Sawe and the designs incorporate the collection of run-off water. This is a new thing for us and will demonstrate to the community a new way of utilising valuable rainwater.