Last Monday I posted about an e-mail I'd received from a lady who'd been a Peace Corps volunteer at Kimwarer Secondary School in the mid-eighties. That same day, Grant arranged for a driver to take me into the Kimwarer Centre (as the village is known) to show me where this lady had lived. The driver, Sephania, has been in the valley since forever and took me straight to the church, which he says was instrumental in starting the school, and the accommodation, where the volunteers lived. Any Peace Corps volunteers from the eighties who may read this post, please confirm whether this is, in fact, true!
The Reformed Church East Africa, which Sephania, our company driver, says was instrumental in establishing Kimwarer Secondary School, in the mid-eighties
According to Sephania, this house to the left of the church, was occupied by the clergy at that time...
... and the cottage to the right of the church, was occupied by Peace Corps volunteer teachers. Today these abodes are rented out to the villagers
The Reformed Church East Africa
This building - now a private dwelling - used to be the Post Office in the eighties. It was run by Mama Orgut who has since passed away. Her brother has a general dealer in the next village called Orgut Shop
The school, established in 1983, is situated across the river from the centre, so Sephania and I drove there. Note the letters R.C.E.A under the school badge
The approach road to the school
Sephania, the company driver, poses in front of the school gate
The school offices which are the same as they were in the eighties. The principal invited us in and we enjoyed tea and cakes in his office. He has only been with the school for the past two years but says that the Peace Corps were instrumental in building the girls hostel and the laboratory. It felt absolutely surreal to sit in the school and think back almost thirty years when the Peace Corps were involved in this institute of learning
Building the laboratory was one of the many successful projects of the Peace Corps in the eighties. The present Headmaster says they are still appreciative of this facility
According to history, this little building was the school tuck shop in the eighties. Confirmation from Peace Corps volunteers will be appreciated
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