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.
Stephen is an orphan who lost both of his parents to HIV/AIDS and was abandoned by relatives. He is one of the children being taken care of by Mashiah Foundation and during his holiday he prefers to spend most of his time meaningfully by doing some art work rather than playing around like other kids of his age. He is a very intelligent and hard -working boy, who is presently living in the Mashiah Foundation care home called Bezer home.
Rejoice is one of the success stories of Mashiah Foundation. When she came to the ministry in the company of her mother, she was very shy and could neither speak nor understand English. With the love and support she got from Mashiah Foundation, she has every reason to smile and she can now read and write and speak English. Thanks to Mashiah Foundation for the support and care.
The OVC (Orphans & Vulnerable Children) Department embarked on an educational visit to some corporate organizations such as:
National Veterinary Research Institute Vom
Nigerian Film Corporation Headquarters Jos
Plateau Radio Television Corporation Jos
The participants were drawn from the older orphans under Mashiah Foundation scholarship. The visit was meant to enlighten the orphans on the activities of these organizations and to prepare their minds towards picking a career in any of the fields.
The educational visit was very successful and the orphans learned a lot as most of them testified. There are so many children out there who do not have this opportunity. Thanks to Mashiah Foundation for this eye-opening experience.
Mashiah Foundation (MF) is currently working with more than 350 orphans. MF pays school fees for many of these orphans. The children are on summer holiday right now (August to mid-September). Many of them go back to their schools for “extra lessons” during this time. Fanny, a volunteer from Indonesia, has been working with the children who live at Bezer Home. Fanny has a degree in aeronautical engineering, but she tones it down to work on basic math with our children. Many of them are lacking a solid mathematical foundation. This can make all the difference in the world for their education.