St Christine is a totally private initiative to create better conditions of life for orphans in rural Kenya. We try to achieve this mainly by building up and running education centres. In our first Education Centre, St Christine, Anyona, established 2004, we beside providing a good education, serve the children breakfast and lunch every day. A hungry child is a slow learner! They can also have a shower now and then, and we provide school health in a small clinic. The improved health of the children boosts academic performance.
Some facts about St Christine Education Center
In May 2012, eight years from the start, there are 350 children and 14 teachers in St Christine School.
The children are from five to fourteen years old. All are orphans or semi-orphans from the village of Kodada. They are chosen from eligible children by a committee representing the different parts of the village as well as the St Christine teaching staff.
St Christine has got an ECD-class with three trained pre-school teachers and 50 children. Classes Standard 1 through Standard 8 have four teachers for the lower classes and seven for Standard 4 to 8 and a total of 348 children. Since 2011 it´s registered Private Non Profit Primary School.
All education is free and learning materials, exams and school uniforms are provided without cost.
Beside a good education the children have breakfast and lunch every day. A hungry child is a slow learner!
A small school clinic provides for the basic needs of school health and is cooperating with nearby health clinics and specialist clinics on hearing and eyesight.
The St Christine Drama groups and sports teams compete successfully in many competitions.
The school has six schoolhouses with a total of nine big classrooms .
In addition to that we have a gathering hall, the St Christine Hall, in a separate building. It’s capacity is some 75 people or all the pupils in std 1-4 of the school when it’s only children. It’s used for serving the meals as well as gatherings and classes. It’s used by the village as well as the school. Since it on one side is fully open with an outside terrass it also can double as an open air theatre with thousands of spectators on the sports field outside.
There´s a library and a computer classroom as well.