MERCY ACADEMY, KENYA
We still need to replace 4 more classrooms. Can you help?
The Container Library has a permanent roof over it and an extended reading area that can accommodate up to 30 readers at once.
The area is also ideal for small group meetings and is currently being used by teachers to carry out their assessment work with learners.
In July 2019, a shipping container sent from Morwell Central Primary School, arrived at Mercy Primary School with 13,500 catalogued library books along with other school supplies and classroom furniture. The container was set up as a library alongside the newly constructed classrooms and administration office.
Three new classrooms have been constructed for the 2020 academic year. Funding is urgently needed for more classrooms.
This school was founded by Consolate Muga during an emergency situation in the nation after rioting, plundering and violence affected the whole nation because of tribal unrest after fraudulent elections some years ago. For three months the children could not leave the property. All schools were closed for months. It was then that Consolate decided, enough was enough, and she had longed to begin a school anyway, so the old tin shed at the top of the property became a school!
Since that time, as many needy families began to bring their children to be schooled and as the number of children living at the home increased, more corrugated classrooms were added with the help of funds provided by AAI Australia. However, that era has now drawn to a close and the present school is under threat of closure and de-registration unless a brick school is shown to be underway.
In Jan 2020 Mercy Academy was seen favourably in an inspection by Ministry of Education officials. When some schools were denied permission to open doors for learners at the beginning of January, Mercy school was given permission to continue with learning because the School had demonstrated commitment and excellence in “infrastructure development.” We are thankful to God for this breakthrough.
In 2017 the school had 269 children from Nursery level to grade 8. It also provided ‘Early Childhood Development’ classes for the youngest children.
The current enrolment rose from 290 at closing last year to 350 as at end of January 2020 and we are hoping for increased enrolments.
The teachers and students are focused on providing and receiving a good educational standard to prepare them for a successful future life. Founder and Director of Mercy Children’s Home, Consolate Muga emphasises the need for a continuum of education for a child to be able to survive and thrive in Kenya.
Attaining secondary qualification is vital for the children's future and AAI has also been able to support children in various local secondary schools as well as through to completion of Tertiary and University courses. Many children in the local community fail to access Secondary and Tertiary education because of poverty. In 2019, the EDUCATIONAL SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM administered by African Action supported over 40 Primary Students, 30 Secondary Students and 14 children at the Tertiary level. 18 children are still awaiting Sponsorship to be able to continue their education. EDUCATION FUND
COVID-19 UPDATE - 2020
To reopen the school in a 'Covid-safe' manner only classes 4 and 8 returned. To comply with government regulations this added significant pressure on finances to build more classrooms, to which many donors have stepped up to support. A big goal by Jan 2021, ($7000) when all classes return in a post 'Covid-normal' manner, is to have enough curriculum texts for each child. The government regulates that children are not to share books and a new curriculum also needs to be resourced. These are requirements to keep the school registered and open.