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Our collective feet hit the ground running when we arrived in Irovo last week. There is plenty of building work to complete, none more important than constructing some secure cupboards for all our precious school supplies.

The school is too remote to leave the supplies overnight, which has meant either transporting them by Shanks’s pony every night after class or storing them with our helpful and ever patient neighbour, Elizabeth. So we decided to build a fort knox for books, pens, pencils, calculators, chalkboards and sports equipment.

First, bricks. Easier said than done. The pictures should give you some idea of what is involved in a simple bit of DIY in Kakamega county.

If you’re curious, the bricks are 7 bob each, about 5p.