Pro-Active Junior Academy provides hope and inspirations to orphans and needy children in Kenya. It is situated in Makongeni Estate, Homa Bay Region, on the shores of Lake Victoria, Kenya. This is a school that helps provide for the education and wellbeing of orphans and vulnerable children. The school has a total number of 100 children from different homes within the community who are orphans and vulnerable. The children learn at the school during the day and in the evening they go back to the care givers. The school is managed by a board of seven people who are either guardians or members of the community who are people of high integrity and outstanding experience and also supported by Good Samaritan CBO. The school has a total number of two teachers (both female) and two cooks. The ages of the children range from 3 to 10 years. The school has no external funding and relies on the donations from well-wishers and volunteers.
The vision Pro-Active Junior Academy is that the children and families whose lives we touch with care will realize their full potential and experience brighter tomorrow, in part due to the caring, nurturing and learning atmosphere of the Academy.
At the school they provide the children with:
Breakfast and lunch on school days
Our mission is to provide education, food, medical attention and other life changing necessities to children in desperate situations. We strive to break the cycle of poverty, abuse, ignorance and help children to become positive, productive and self-fulfilled members of the society with opportunity and hope for the future.
To provide hope to the hopeless situations of the disadvantaged children in Rusinga by providing food, clothing, education and sanitation.
To increase the level of literacy among children with the aim of expanding their opportunities for self-reliance by providing and promoting basic education.
To safeguard the rights of orphans and vulnerable children against any form of violation.
To provide orphans and vulnerable children with access to the basic human needs including food, healthcare, clothing and education.
Respect for children’s rights
Service and dedication to the well-being of children
Integrity and honesty in the discharge of our mandate
Professionalism, efficiency and effectiveness
Equality and fairness
Transparency, accountability and justice
Partnership, collaboration and networking
• The school has been receiving many children over time and the funding has increasingly become a challenge.
• Some of these children come from poor families and only survive on one meal in a day (the one provided at the school) hence malnutrition.
Why they are asking for help:
The school needs your financial support to help in paying teachers’ salaries, feeding program during school days, cooks salaries.
• Feeding per month Kshs. 6,000
• Chairs and tables 1 table Kshs. 750, 1 Chair 350 (40 chairs and 8 tables still needed)
• Two teachers’ salaries per month 2 x Kshs. 3,000 = 6,000
• 2 cooks Kshs. 2,000 per month each = Kshs,4,000
Homa Bay in Lake Victoria is a community in Kenya with one of the highest percentages of HIV/AIDS. The migratory nature of workers in the fishing industry and the practices of jaboya or fish for sex trade contribute greatly to the spread of HIV/AIDS in the area. Local cultural practices of polygamy and wife inheritance are likewise contributors. Women and children share the most difficult plight, often orphaned or widowed by HIV/AIDS, with no way to financially support them. In the region , many children have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS or other causes. Although some orphans are cared for by family members or relatives, many of these families are living in poverty and cannot support an additional child. Some form of external assistance is required to provide these children with adequate food, health care, clothing, education and psychological support.