Education

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Education is a life-changer.

In Kenya, being able to read well and speak English can earn you a well-paying job.

But sadly, kids often leave the Kenyan government schools without even a third grade reading level.

And the village kids we work with may not even have great access to a government school!

LightHouse Academy was recently ranked 1st place in our district of 400 schools. We provide quality education for kids K-8, and sponsors students to go to government school for grades 9-12. We also help qualifying students go to college.

Many times in our part of the world, poor nutrition or family issues can keep a kid from going to school consistently. So we feed all of our students, and provide basic healthcare and clean water. Our social workers also do home visits to check up on family situations. Our teachers are Kenyan, so kids can learn in their native language, as well as Swahili and English.

But education at LightHouse Academy is not just book-learning or memorization. Check out our educational model below.

LightHouse Academy Educational Model

Food Security

We are committed to eradicating the food shortage in Rachuonyo and reducing the rate of preventable illness. LHA students participate in agricultural programs at the Rafiki demonstration farm. Students are involved in the process from planting to harvesting and to the table. The food harvested from the farm feeds the students at the school. Students are encouraged to take these skills and apply them in their homes.

Girls Club

Teenage girls go to Girls Club to talk and receive support from each other and the girls’ counselors. The girls meet to find solutions to challenges girls face in Africa, such as the lack of feminine hygiene products available to them. Now, by partnering Rafiki Women, they have beauty packs for themselves and to share. The girls club teaches girls to be young women of integrity and tenacity, and to have hope, joy and a heart of gratitude.

Personal Development

Most students at LHA are orphans and live with relatives in families where there is poverty and domestic insecurity. Many of the students have experienced a lot of trauma. The students receive counseling from staff. Home visitations are done in every home where our students reside. The staff build friendships with the students to create a comfortable and safe environment at the school.

Arts & Culture

After school programs let students to explore and build skills in arts and learn about their culture and other cultures. These programs include cultural dance, traditional instrument and costume making, and student exchange programs.

Our internship programs allow our students to build friendships and learn from interns from other nationalities and tribes of Africa.

Community Service

We are committed to community service. LightHouse Academy has been our door into the community. We view community service as part of holistic social education. The teachers and all staff at Rafiki Africa find opportunities for community service in the homes of the students; in partnership with the local government and local churches.

Environmental Responsibility

The school is surrounded with chronic and growing environmental issues that include deforestation, water pollution and poor management of all natural resources. We are teaching the students how to reverse the cycle: how to manage and protect the natural resources, how to plant and keep trees, how to use natural resources for sustainable energy, and how to keep their natural water sources clean and safe.

Leadership

Rafiki Africa is committed to developing future leaders who are able to address a variety of issues and will remain committed to their nation and the continent of Africa. High School students are given a chance to develop leadership skills. Opportunities to be mentored by other leaders who demonstrate leadership skills in the community and locally are provided.

Health

Without good nutrition and health our students cannot be successful in their academic work. Health lessons are taught at the school through our summer college internship health clinic program. The topics taught include HIV/AIDS, water safety, nutrition, malaria and other relevant topics. Through the school clinic these topics are reinforced and students are given a chance to teach the community.

Spiritual Development

LHA offer all students from all faith backgrounds a safe place to talk about their spirituality. A Christian faith is presented. Students read their Bibles in the classroom, library and at home. Holiday VBS and Youth camps are available for all youth in the community regardless of religious affiliation.

Career Development

The high school students spend time during holiday participating in programs that help them identify and develop interest in different career opportunities. Field trips are incorporated in all grades. After 8th and 12th grade graduations, the students participate in work study programs that give them a chance to work with Rafiki Africa Staff and to be mentored in areas of their interest.