The Akiba School is an institution founded in 1993 in the Kangemi slum in Nairobi, Kenya, providing education to impoverished school-aged children in primary and secondary school. In 2001, TFCA began a sponsorship program to provide tuition funding for needy students to attend the school. In continued partnership with TFCA, America World Adoption Association began administration of this sponsorship program in 2013.
The Akiba School child sponsorship program began in 2001. At that time, two young men from The Falls Church Anglican were in Nairobi teaching at the Akiba School and volunteering at the Light and Power Center (L&P) for street children. It quickly became apparent to them that there were many kids at L&P who would love to go to school, but were unable to pay the necessary fees. And so the sponsorship program was born. As more people from TFCA visited the Akiba School, they also became sponsors and returned to the States sharing stories about the many children who desired to go to school…and this led many others to decide to sponsor Kenyan children as well. Now, there are over 80 children sponsored!
The Sponsorship Program
An exciting part of this program is that it is not merely about money, but also about developing a relationship with each child. We are convinced that the program is a powerful way to serve the less fortunate, as the school sponsorship fees are not merely impacting the child, but also the child’s family, the school and the teachers. The sponsored child is lifted out of a life on the streets and given hope and a good education, and the Akiba School is given consistent financial support (ensuring that the teachers can be paid). Consequently, the teachers can be active participants in the local economy and send their children to school as well. The program becomes a waterfall of blessing!
To sponsor a child, or for additional information about the program, please visit: http://akibaschools.org/
Or you may contact Dave Chaves at 571-348-2654 or email@example.com
Ongoing Partnership with Akiba
Although administration of the sponsorship program is managed through Kenya Connection, TFCA maintains an ongoing partnership with the Akiba School. TFCA continues to maintain an Akiba Fund, for which we welcome your contributions, which will continue to enable us to supplement sponsorship funds for special needs at Akiba. In the past, special donations from TFCA members have allowed Akiba to purchase musical instruments, new textbooks, and a small bus to provide transportation to the students. To make a contribution to TFCA’s general Akiba Fund, you may send a check payable to The Falls Church Anglican, with Akiba General Fund in the memo line.
Correspondence With Sponsored Children
The children are expected to write three letters each year to their sponsors. We hope that all of our sponsors will respond with letters of their own. Letters to your sponsored child can be mailed to:
P.O. BOX 386
Sponsors should NOT put their children’s names on the envelope, but should include the names on the letters. This way the headmaster can pick up the mail from the post office. The kids absolutely LOVE mail from their sponsors and will cherish each word written to them. Sponsors should also NOT send packages, as they are charged a tax that the school cannot afford.