The school children love to flock around Uncle John. Once a week, he teaches the children about different parts of the world. We will be sad to see him leave in the next couple of months as his family returns to New Zealand.
Foundations Academy began in 2005 as a small home-school to try to bring orphans up-to-speed and then integrate them into local schools. However, during the summer of 2010, we tested many of our students (orphans) who had been in local schools, and discovered that they lacked the basics for success in school. We realized that we just had to expand to our own full-fledged school.
We kicked off with about 25 students and five teachers for the 2010-11 school year. We have about 70 students and 15 teachers this year. It has been exciting to see the students grow in their knowledge.
Many of the children in the school are orphans or partial orphans while others come from the community around us.
Every December we host a party for all the orphans and partial orphans we work with. They love to come for the entertainment, fun, food, and gifts. For many of them, this is the only Christmas they will have.
We had collected a lot of used clothing throughout the year and all of the children were able to get a few articles of clothing. Clothes are more important to them than toys.