Currently, ARC financially supports 18 under-privileged students at a local primary school. This support is in terms of school fees payment, buying of stationery and uniform to ensure they are comfortable and able to stay in school. The support has improved the students’ class performance as they no longer miss classes as a result of being sent home for school fees.
Sofia Township Primary School
Through ARC, Sofia Township Primary School was founded. This school is located in Sofia slum in Butere, Western Kenya. The school is home to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and children affected by extreme poverty, school drop- out and child labour. The slum is home to 200,000 people majority of who languish in grinding poverty. The slum is also faced with unemployment, lack of adequate schools for kids and lack of proper roads.
Complex factors bar children from education in Sofia Slum. These are: Extreme poverty, homelessness, absentee parents, orphans, child labour and dysfunctional families. ARC understands what it takes and helps to bring solutions to these problems through supporting needy children who enrol in school to stay, complete their education and succeed in life. Below are our school motto, mission, vision and goal:
Through hardships to the stars.
To provide quality education to all learners regardless of their family or health background.
To support needy children who enroll in school to stay, complete their education and prosper in life.
Mold slum children into world icons through education.
Sofia Township Primary School is the only school in Sofia slum. Most schools found outside the slum are expensive thus not affordable to most slum parents who dwell in poverty. We support and educate these children to meet their special needs and bring joy to them and their families. The school has 403 children, 170 of these children are jigger infected and 100 are orphans.
We teach the Kenyan education system of 8-4-4 where the students are taught Maths, English, Kiswahili, Science, Social Studies and Christian Religious Education. We have classes from baby class to class (grade) six. Our children are aged between 5 and 13 years old. A feeding program has been established where the students eat break and lunch at school. This saves them the time they would have spent walking to and fro home during lunch, enables them not to study on a hungry stomach and provides a meal to those otherwise, would have slept hungry. Most of the parents are farmers so it is easier for them to pay school fees in terms of their farm produce since money is a scarce commodity to them.