Rafiki’s first education initiative was the start of LightHouse Academy (LHA) in 1998. LHA started with one Kindergarten class. Each year one class was added. Our first class is now in 11th grade. Other community education initiatives include adult skill classes for women; scholarships for high school and college; after school tutoring; children reading and writing program; and continuing education for our local staff.
Rafiki gives sponsors a chance to partner with a child or a student to help pay for their education expenses.
LightHouse Academy (LHA)
LHA is a K-12 school. K-8th grade students are on site at the Alendu campus with a maximum enrollment of 200 students. 9th – 12th grades are in partnership with other High Schools. LHA enrolls students who are at risk for not receiving education anywhere else due to poverty or being orphaned and abandoned. The school provides students with two meals a day, all school supplies, healthcare, social clubs, sports and other activities.
LHA is registered by the government of Kenya. The school has full staff that comprises of certified teachers, administrator, principal, school nurse, accountant and other support staff.
LightHouse Academy (LHA) is located in Nyanza Province, Rachuonyo District of Kenya. The school is built on a 12 acre property on one of the most beautiful hills of Rachuonyo. In the midst of the small village of Alendu, sits a school that is bringing hope and light to this community and the nation of Kenya.
LHA envisions graduating young people empowered and equipped to serve and affect their community and the world; face the challenges of higher education; and influence the world for Jesus Christ.
Girls education is given a priority and make at least 70% of our enrollment.
When a girl is educated there is ripple effect. Their education trickles down to their family, community, nation and the world. Education beyond 8th grade enables a girl to decrease the risk of poverty in the next generation.
WHAT MAKES LHA DIFFERENT & UNIQUE
LHA curriculum is based on the Kenya Standard Curriculum but focuses on applying this knowledge to daily life experiences and developing it to future careers, sustainable living, entrepreneurship and community responsibility. In addition to the academic curriculum the school incorporates co-curriculum and extra-curricular programs.
Spiritual growth and development
LHA offer all students from all faith backgrounds a safe place to talk about their spirituality. A Christian faith is presented. Students read their Bibles in the classroom, library and at home. Holiday VBS and Youth camps are available for all children and youths in the community regardless of religious affiliation.
Arts, Culture and Cross-cultural Education
After school programs allow students to explore and build skills in arts and learn more about their culture and other cultures. These programs include Girls cultural dance; boys cultural dance; traditional instruments and costumes making; and student exchange programs.
Students have an opportunity to visit with guests from other cultures. Our internship programs allow our students to build friendships and learn from interns from other nationalities and tribes of Africa.
A grass root girls club was started out a need for the teenage girls to find a safe place to talk and share their concerns and receive support from each other and the girls’ counselors. The girls meet biweekly to discuss and find solutions to some of the challenges girls face in Africa. The first such solution was the issue of lack of feminine hygiene products in remote villages of Africa. Through a partnership with the Rafiki Women, the girls clubs now have a constant supply of beauty packs for themselves and also to share with other girls in the local community of Alendu.
The girls club teaches young girls to be young women of integrity; to have strength to face the social challenges of their community; to be women of leadership; to have hope and joy in everything; and to always have a heart of gratitude.
The school is surrounded with chronic and growing environmental issues that include deforestation, water pollution and poor management all natural resources. We are teaching the students how to reverse the cycle; how to manage and protect the natural resources; how to plant and keep trees; how to use natural resources for sustainable energy; and how to keep their natural water sources clean and safe.
Health and Food Security
We are committed to eradicating the food shortage in Rachuonyo and reducing the rate of preventable illness. Without good nutrition and health our students cannot be successful in their academic work.
LHA students participate in Agricultural programs at the Rafiki demonstration farm. Students are involved in the whole process from planting to harvesting and to the table. The food harvested from the farm feeds the students at the school. Students are then encouraged to take these skills and apply them in their homes.
Health lessons are taught at the school through our summer college internship health clinic program. The topics taught include HIV/AIDS, water safety, nutrition, malaria and other relevant topics. Through the school clinic these topics are reinforced and students are given a chance to teach the community.
We are committed to community service. LHA has been our door into the community. We view community service as part of holistic social education. The teachers and all staff at Rafiki Africa find opportunities for community service in the homes of the students; in partnership with the local government and local churches.
Personal and Career Development
Most students at LHA are orphans and live with relatives in families where there is poverty and domestic insecurity. Many of the students have experienced a lot of trauma. The students receive counseling from staff. Home visitations are done in every home where our students reside. The staff build friendships with the students to create a comfortable and safe environment at the school.
The High school students spend time during holiday to participate in different programs that help them identify and develop interest in different career opportunities. Field trips are incorporated in all grades. After 8th and 12th grade graduations, the students participate in work study programs that give them a chance to work with Rafiki Africa Staff and to be mentored in areas of their interest.
Rafiki Africa is committed to developing future leaders who are able to address a variety of issues and will remain committed to their nation and the continent of Africa. High School students are given a chance to develop leadership skills. Opportunities to be mentored by other leaders who demonstrate leadership skills in the community and locally are provided.