The Nakuru Academy is working to improve the quality of life for Kenyan orphans through education and support relating to daily needs and sustenance to the most vulnerable street kids and orphans. Our future plans include constructing the Nakuru Orphanage & Academy with a kitchen, multipurpose room and farmland in Kenya.
Nakuru Academy's mission is to improve the quality of life for Kenyan orphans through education and support relating to daily needs and sustenance. We foster a community approach involving community members, faith based outreach, schools and orphanages to create a safe, fulfilling and academically enriching environment that fosters independence and responsibility.
To help promising Kenyan orphans who have lost parents to HIV/AIDS, financial instability, and other diseases by providing them with education and the spiritual, physical, and emotional assistance needed to foster their growth into productive and successful adults.
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Several problems plague the Nakuru district and its orphans: tribal clashes, lack of water and food, landlessness, health issues, shortage of educational facilities and housing.
Kenya’s total population is estimated at around (2008): 36,553,000. Of this number, it is estimated that there are 1.2 million orphans aged 0-17. To further compound the issue, the Nakuru district is growing on average by 3.4% annually with an estimated population of 1,604,805 in 2008. This had had a serious effect on social and economic development. It has manifested and increase in unemployment, increased demand for agricultural land to support the people of the area, over-crowding of educational facilities and greater demand for housing.
Nearly ¾ of the children in the Nakuru area are orphans. With an average life expectancy of only 57, a large segment of middle-aged people have been eradicated, leaving many children parentless. Some children are lucky enough to live with either with close relatives, friends, or are being raised by grandmothers. These children are often stigmatized and neglected. Girls are frequently forced into early marriage so their caregivers no longer have to support them. These orphaned children often go hungry and are easy prey to rape, drugs, child labor, early pregnancies, prostitution and abuse.
The loss of one or both parents has serious consequences for a child’s access to basic necessities such as shelter, food, clothing, health and education. Often orphans are the first to be denied education as extended families cannot afford to educate all the children of the household. The physical needs of orphans, such as nutrition, education and health care, often appear to be the most urgent. But the emotional needs of traumatized children who have lost a parent should not be forgotten. Many children already function as heads of households and as caregivers and need to be supported as part of the solution. Many Orphans find they need to contribute financially to the household, in some cases driving them to the streets to work, beg or seek food.
Nearly all 42 tribes are represented in the Nakuru District. This has led to some tribal clashes over beliefs and resources in the past resulting in families being broken and further compounding the orphan epidemic. Some families that are still intact have been forced to become nomadic in search for safety from tribal clashes, pasture or water which prevents their kids from attending school.
WATER & AGRICULTURAL ISSUES
Many children in this area walk during the day seeking potable drinkable water and food, thus missing out on their education. This in turn leads to a lack of self-sustainability and preparation for their future. Every 15 seconds, a child in Africa dies from water-born disease. For children under 5 years old, illness from unsanitary water is the leading cause of death. 88% of all disease in Africa results from unsafe drinking water. Girls as young as 8 years old are sold into marriage in exchange for food and water so their families can survive.
Water would provide for these orphans to be able to live, attend school and become productive citizens, grow gardens, shade and fruit trees to achieve self-sufficiency, raise animals for food and income, and be able to bathe and clean items lessening some health issues.
The Nakuru district has the potential for being self-sufficient in food production. Poor farming practices, lack of water and little concern about forest conservation in the district has resulted in soil erosion and environmental degradation.
Every 24 seconds a child in sub-saharan Africa is orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS. It is estimated that at the end of 2009, 1.5 million people in Kenya were living with HIV. The town of Nakuru has more than 15 children homes with the majority of the children HIV/AIDS orphans. This is one of the major challenges facing the major urban centers of Nakuru District.
Typically, half of all people with HIV become infected before they are aged 25, develop AIDS and die by the time they are 35 and leave behind a generation of children to be raised by their grandparents, other adult relatives or left on their own in child-headed households.
Malaria is estimated to cause 20% of all deaths in children under 5. It is the 4th leading cause of death for children globally. More than 1,800 children under 5 die each day from malaria. That’s approximately 1 child every 45 seconds. According to latest figures, globally 8% of under-five child deaths are attributable to malaria and in Africa it is 16%. 25 million in Kenya are at risk of malaria which is entirely preventable using mosquito nets and vaccination.
Mental illness is a major concern of these orphans who have witnessed such horrific events in their short existences. Whatever the reason for their orphan status, these children often have such deeply engrained hurts that may take years to resurface. Often children have witnessed family members deaths due to AIDS, starvation, drowning or being eaten by lions during their migration to safe lands or seeing other be kidnapped by soldiers.
EDUCATION AND HOUSING OF ORPHANS
During a 1999 survey of 35,000 orphans in Kenya, the number of institutions caring for them totaled 64 registered institutions and 164 in unregistered institutions. Therefore of the known orphans, there are only 228 institutions to care for them; or about 153 orphans per institution.
The estimated number of Nakuru District orphans that are school aged (6-17) is 413,552, thus about 54.8% of the population is under 20 years old. This requires investments in educational facilities and services, as there is a 1:35 student/teacher ratio currently. AIDS orphans often drop out of school to attend to ill family members, work or to look after young siblings.
UNEMPLOYMENT AND WORK FORCE
The unemployment in Nakuru district is about 22%, which calls for the creation of job opportunities to match growth. With the high rate of drop outs, these children are not being properly prepared to contribute to society and become self-sufficient, thus compounding the unemployment rate and bleak outlook.
IDPs & REFUGEES
The increasing number of IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) has surpassed the number of refugees. Due in part to politically influenced violence, natural disasters, social tensions, or due to developments, many people have migrated from Sudan, Somalia, Uganda and Ethiopia to Kenya seeking solace.
In recent years, Refugees have come seeing protection within the Kenyan borders primarily from Somalia and continue to do so. They UNHCR estimates there are 417,052 interspersed throughout Kenya.
The number of IDPs and Refugees is estimated at around 970,300 who live primarily in designated camps throughout Kenya. The overcrowding has led to inadequate shelter, increase in sexual violence and competition for resources. It is estimate that ½ the refugees are children who have often witnessed horrific events and are themselves at risk of being kidnapped by soldiers, mistreated and suffer from deep depression.
Commitment to Excellence — We are driven by a pursuit of quality, the integrity of our relationships with all involved, the clarity of our communication with partners and donors, and our accountability with human lives and financial resources entrusted with us.
Action Oriented — We will provide sacrificial love to the world’s suffering children by providing essential needs for them such as a place to live, education and nutrition through faith and generous partners and donors.
Child Focused — We will provide a safe environment for children that fosters learning, compassion, responsibility and independence. We care for the whole child by providing for the full range of spiritual, educational, social, physical, and emotional needs.
Family and Education Centered — We will provide a family type atmosphere in which to place unprotected children. We prepare these children to one day responsibly lead healthy and educated families of their own.