The academy was started as a nursery school in 1996 for the orphaned admitted in the home most of whom were weak and could not fit very well in the normal public school programs – hence need for the opportunities in the nursery school. Following the increased enrolment, the primary wing was started to accommodate the graduating Early Child Education pupils. The primary school was started and later registered as an academy in the year 2002 hosting nursery to standard 8. Most children in the academy school are either complete or partial orphans.
The school was objectively started to provide equitable and quality education to vulnerable children in the children home and the neighborhood. Its aim was also to generate income to help pay school fees to orphaned children enrolled in the program and to cater for their upkeep besides empowering the caretakers through trainings and start up capitals to ensure sustainability. Furthermore, the project initiated a spiritual, nursing/caring school for the sickling/weak children under the Home Care.
Since then, the project has managed to put up four permanent standard and other temporary classrooms for over 400 children registered in nursery to STD 8. The school is having hardworking, dedicated and experience professional teachers guaranteeing good performance thus putting Homabay children’s home academy in the map of Homabay County as one of the best schools. This has made the school to create the demand ensuring continuous yearly enrolment of pupils for better results.
The school has become a primary source of funds to the continuous mission of supporting vulnerable children’s education after the donor funding ended due to project life cycle.
Through the school incomes, orphaned children in the orphanage and community who were enrolled in the program are still benefiting through the provision of school fees, food, healthcare and clothing besides empowering their guardians.
Needs of the school:
Even though the school is doing well, there are still some challenges that need to be addressed. The school still lacks four standard permanent class rooms, administrative blocks, modern kitchen, dining hall and dormitories for girls and boys. There is also need to restock the library to equip learners with enough reference materials for proper study. The school also plans to come up with an IT (information technology) necessary for computer literacy skills among the registered children in the Academy.