Are there no other schools in the area?

Yes, there are. Like everywhere in Kenya there are cost-free public schools and private schools. But even though the public schools do not require any payment to enter, the quality of education is very poor and there are still many costs to be covered for the parents. As mentioned earlier, often one teacher is responsible for up to 100 kids and it also happens that teachers do not show up to class for weeks at a time.  Another struggle for the children is that they mostly do not have any access to an affordable lunch, so they are hungry and unfocused in class.