|Project - Orphan System|
The number of orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) in Kenya is in the millions. There are over two million alone whose parents have died of AIDS. There are hundreds of thousands more whose families are so poor they give children away so they can be fed and raised by others. Tens of thousands more became orphans as a result of the 2008 post-election violence where over a thousand adults were killed and over 600,000 people lost their homes and were housed in IDP (internally displaced persons) camps.
API envisions a three-tiered model to care for OVC’s in Kenya
Support Existing Orphanages
We will partner with existing orphanages by providing sponsorship for each of their children on a monthly basis. This will allow the orphanage to improve their infrastructure, make improvements in their daily feeding programs, provide education and medical care, and increase their census. It also means that donated monies will go directly to the children and not to bricks and mortar projects. While building new orphanages are part of a long-range plan, more immediate impact will occur by supporting existing orphanages.
Support Church-Family OVC’s
Many families within the church have adopted orphans from their extended families or the community. While this may provide for the immediate needs of the orphan, it does so at the expense of every family member. We can help these children by a one-time gift each school term (3 times a year) to pay for school uniforms, books, supplies, a desk if required, and monies for special school trips and projects. These donations would not be provided in cash, but the actual goods would be purchased by the church and distributed to orphans within church families. As donations increase, these same services can be extended to orphans living with family members outside the church as a witness of God’s love.
Develop Agape Life Academy
There needs to be a different model to care for orphans that just doesn’t taken them off the street, feed them and send them to government schools with 80-100 children in a classroom. Agape Life Academy will combine a Christian growth environment, a gifted educational program and a loving family environment complete with a father, mother and big brother or sister.