Education is a huge priority and the only way the kids will be part of the solution of Kenya’s problems and have options in their own lives. Education and prayer is the means to our goals of them arriving at adulthood being prepared to be productive and realize God’s purpose for their lives.
We have expanded the number of kids we can send to The Seed of Hope School and have started our own early education school, The Lord’s Servants Academy to make sure our young kids (and community kids) are prepared for grade school.
Our kids are doing pretty well and we have several in High School now. Some of them need extra tutor help and attention which is provided. Please check out the progress in the link below.
Children 2nd trimester School Performance 2012-2
We welcome 12 new kids to the family at The Lord’s Servants Home. Most of them are starting off in the new Nursery class of our new Lord’s Servants Academy. They come from a number of different communities through churches we are familiar with and have a variety of sad stories and pain in their past.
These are the first 12 of 20 new kids we will welcome before the end of December to fill our home to 60 children, an expansion made possible with the completed construction of the new dorm building and latrines. A few have sponsors already but most do not. If you feel called to sponsor one of these and join us in our service to them, please contact us for more information.
Jasper, Ruth, Noah, Martha, and Joshua
Stella, Hillary, Faith, Nicole, Debra, Betty, and Dominic
This is very exciting new addition to God’s work at The Lord’s Servants Home. The Lord’s Servants Academy (LSA) was opened in September with its initial class, a 25 student Nursery Class for students pre-1st grade (Kindergarten and earlier). There was not a quality ECD (Early Childhood Development) school in the community and children typically head off to 1st grade poorly prepared and get a slow start. The LSA will provide a Christian based education and importantly, a lunch every day. For many of these kids, it may be the best meal they have. The classes are held in the LSH dining hall which is clean, well-lit, has electricity, chalk board, a kitchen, latrines, water, and resources of the LSH and Liyavo Bible Church. Special tables and benches have been prepared for the schools use for the little people.
The class size is 25 students which is very good in Kenya. Of the 25, 8 students are our own LSH children and the rest is from the community. We do ask a fee which is standard for a private school but unlike most private schools, plan for roughly 50% of the community student to come from families that can not pay all or even a portion of the fee. We will maintain this proportion, serving the poorest children, as a blessing to the community. The LSH will even assist the poorer families with uniforms by making them as an outreach from the older kids at the orphanage.
Angela Matanyi has joined the LSA staff as Nursery Class teacher. She is highly qualified and has nearly 10 years of teaching experience with nursery aged children, is certified in ECD, and is from the area.
The school year cycle in Kenya begins in January. We see the need and therefore is our goal to expand the LSA to include and additional 25 Nursery students and also begin a 1st grade class. Currently a second ECD teacher and a 1st grade teacher is being sought. We will partition the dining hall with moveable curtains or walls to allow for separate classes. We pray that this effort will provide a blessing to the community by serving the youngest of school age children with a great start to their education.
Our plans are beginning to take shape for our next trip to The Lord’s Servants Home. At this point, Greg Perkins and I will leave the US on 23 January, spend two weeks at the orphanage in Kitale, Kenya then travel to a town north of Jinja, Uganda to visit a relatively new ministry and orphanage that is serving in that area. Others may join us at The Lord’s Servants Home.
The timing of this trip is such to allow us to A) catch the kids on their school break and get to know the 20 new ones that will have joined the home by then, B) Complete the fresh water well project during the dry season, and C) travel by land to Uganda during the dry season.
Our trip outline in rough terms is as follows….
- The new well. Our goal will be to prepare for this, decide what course of action, and complete installation of the well, pump, storage tank, piping, and chlorinator before we leave.
- Many small projects associated with the goods on the container.
- Implement some mentorship projects.
- Review of all projects implemented previously and act as needed.
- Business discussions.
- Budget review for 2012, new budget for 2013.
- Current and long term issue review.
- Lord’s Servants Academy (new nursery school) vision, short term plan, and long term plan.
- Farm future plan and use of the land.
- Cooperation between The Lord’s Ministries, The Liyavo Bible Church, and The Lord’s Servants Home.
- Plan outline for the next visit. How many, what kind of activities, how long, when?
- Visit the Stream of Hope for the African Child ministry and orphanage in Uganda.
- Get to know Pastor Isabirye and the ministry goals and needs.
- Deliver some medicine, goods, gifts, and relief.
Please keep us in your prayers as we finalize our plans and work towards gathering provisions to complete our purpose to serve and love the people in Africa and honor God with this.