Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) troops operating in Narok Forward Operating Base today handed over three (3) newly constructed classrooms, inclusive of an ablution block and staff offices and a community borehole at Ole Tarkash Primary School in Narok County.
The facilities’ handover will henceforth create a conducive learning environment for the 250 pupils who have been studying under temporary structures.
The project was commissioned by Chief of Defence Forces General Robert Kibochi on 21 December 2021 during the commissioning of Air Defence Regiment (ARD) in Narok.
Speaking as he officially handed over the facilities to an elated gathering of parents, teachers and pupils, the Chief of Infrastructure Defence Headquaters, Brigadier Dennis Kamuri affirmed that KDF was committed at ensuring that the learners have access to better and quality education for the overal development of the community.
He encouraged the pupils to take advantage of the new facilities and foster their education assuring them of KDF continued support. He further thanked the school administration and the entire community for the cooperation accorded to the KDF troops during the construction of the project.
“KDF commends you for your good neighbourliness and you should expect to benefit in various ways through our coexistence. We plan to have a sustained presence in Narok County by establishing more facilities and we hope we will continue working together,” he said.
School Head teacher Mr. George Nkoitiko thanked the KDF leadership for the support and goodwill noting that the constructed classrooms will provide an environment conducive to learning in the school. He highlighted the remarkably improved state of security due to the establishment of ADR, alleviation of perennial water shortage by drilling of the borehole and the great effort made by KDF to improve education standards.
The area Chief, Mr. James Letoluo thanked KDF leadership for the timely support, adding that the community looked forward to more support in the future. He urged the KDF to consider constructing a healthcare facility in the area since non exists.
Further, KDF sunk a 250 meters deep borehole with a yield of 7,000 cubic litres per hour, and equipped it with a submersible water pump, solar power, and constructed an elevated water tank tower hoisting two water tanks of 10,000 litres capacity each in the school.
The construction of learning facilities and the borehole drilling is part of Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) activities that the Kenya Defence Forces continues to undertake in various parts of the country to improve livelihoods in fulfillment of its secondary mandate.