Education in Kenya is technically free for students from nursery age through eight grade. In practice however, the public schools are dramatically and incredibly overcrowded. A typical public school first grade class has 85 students and 1 teacher. Children share desk space and take turns sitting because there is not enough space for everyone. Books, while treasured, are virtually non-existent. In every way, the public schools and the children therein are struggling. By the seventh and eight grades, many students give up and drop out. With the challenges facing the public school system, many children, especially orphans, are refused admission.
Kids for Tomorrow aims to change that in our schools.
In early 2004, ten community members saw a pressing need for educational opportunities for the local children of the Ngando slum in Nairobi, Kenya.In March 2005, Hope Streams Academy opened its doors for 11 students, providing one teacher in two rented classrooms. The entire operation was run through community donations and support. Since then, the school has grown to serve 222 students in 8 classrooms, providing teachers, supplies and meals to needy children.After five years of consistent growth, Hope Streams Academy has reached a point where future growth will require some changes to be made and some new strategies implemented to ensure the continuity of the school.
Kids for Tomorrow has purchased property for Hope streams to run the school on their own land, supplemented teachers salaries, sponsored students, and plan to build a permanent structure to ensure a clean and safe environment for these students to learn and grow in.
Hope Streams Academy'sObjectives:
To Provide Quality Primary Education for Poor local Children
- Offer classes from Standards One to Eight as well as Pre-, Nursery and Baby classes
- Supply adequate text books and supplies for the classrooms
- Provide talented and qualified teachers and support staff
- Allow students to learn important life skills to carry forward
- To enable students to have a seamless transition into continued education
- To Provide Nourishment fo the Hungry Children
- Employ a cook and have the necessary facilities to prepare meals
- Offer adequate nutritious food to support their growth and development
- Create a positive learning environment for students Build motivation and confidence in the children
- Develop friendships and provide mentors
- Promote opportunities to participate in other local initiatives (e.g. self-reliance, AIDS awareness, poverty reduction and environmental stewardship) through a network of organizations
- Provide recreation options for students and community member
- Employ teachers, cooks, administrators and security guards at the school
- Help to establish co-operations among parents to take advantage of microfinance opportunities for self and community advancement
Sewa Junior Academy is a small school in the village of Matopeni in Kayole which is a slum of Nairobi, Kenya. There are 192 students with 7 teachers. From baby class through 7th grade, Our project is to build a permanent primary school building for these students and teachers. With this new school the students will no longer have to deal with dust from the floors of their classrooms, will have light from solar panel electricity, girls and boys washrooms, water fountains, and their very own desks and books. Sewa Junior Academy has created a revenue generating business with community members to bring in funding to the school. They currently have a health clinic, and a beauty salon that bring in some funding each month.
A Letter from Sewa Junior Academies Administrator Cecilia Masai
We are doing great thanks to you and the Donors we are not paying rent any more.The kids are now studying very comfortably in spacious rooms not like where we were, we have a play ground of our own and toilet which we are keeping always clean.The kids are learning many skills as you will see in the quarterly report of first term.They are also learning different subjects as per the Kenyan syllabus, which after qualifying and attaining good grades in grade 8 they will be promoted to secondary school.