Each morning, two old minibuses make two short journeys to a shanty town (pictured left), picking up the children. The children live in houses that have been built with discarded materials. There is little sanitation. The area has many problems with drink and drugs. Periodically, the government clears all the houses. Parents often work in the markets, or carry out casual labour; educating their children is often beyond their means. The area is known locally as the "Cattle Range" because humans would not live in these conditions. It is however home to most of the children at the school.
Imagine your children growing up in a shared house made from discarded materials in a shanty town. There is little sanitation; crime, drink and drugs are rife. Formal education, even in the state schools, is beyond your reach.
Project Cornerstone is supporting the Agape Academy, a primary school with 150 pupils from this background that is being run in partnership with the Yurilim Church. Starting with a nursery aged children, there are six classes, four of which meet in purpose built classrooms. Teaching is carried out to the national curriculum, with exams set by the government. Outside a play area has been equipped with playground equipment. In addition to education in a safe environment, all of the children benefit from a hot meal each day.
If you are involved in any schools, organisation or businesses who you feel would be interested in supporting this project, please get in contact with us. We would be happy to supply further information, take assemblies, or present this project in detail.
Still to do...
Although the school has been running for several years, there is still work to do on the site. The school still requires an outdoor kitchen and two additional classrooms to house the classes that currently meet in the church building.
We always have a requirement for additional books and stationary.
Some of the teachers are currently undertaking part-time study to gain their qualifications. We require additional funds to enable all of the fees to be paid.
Families who can afford to pay fees now do so. These fees will gradually increase over the next few years, as the school slowly becomes self-supporting. Thre are however always children at the school whose families cannot afford fees and need to be subsidised.