Japan has given a Sh9 million grant to Willies Primary School in Maara district of Tharaka Nithi county. Japan Embassy official Yuki Yamana said the money is to be used on building classrooms, providing water and buying stationery.
He was speaking during the inauguration of the project at the weekend. "I have realised there is potential among the children and they need facilitation to exploit it," Yamana said.
He said his government is willing to assist needy pupils fulfil their dreams by awarding scholarship and employment. The school was started in 2007 by the National Independent Churches of Kenya.
It hosts 300 orphaned children who were studying in deplorable conditions until an NGO, Hope Call International, linked the school and the embassy in 2012.
Maara MP Kareke Mbiuki commended the embassy and pledged to work with it to ensure the school is "transformed into an education power house".