“To be a leading humanitarian assistance organization giving sustainable needs of the whole being.”
Our institution has two day schools and orphanage which serves as a children home for the children in need. To become self-sustainable, we initiated some projects as part of our future strategic development.
Our schools are guided by the usual curriculum contained in the CBC system of education in Kenya. We are a complete and competent primary school from class 1 to class 8. In the baby care unit, we have the baby class, pre-primary 1 and pre-primary 2.
Through donations we have fresh piped water and storage tanks to ensure our pupils hydration. As back up measures we have a water well which serves our school, as well as our community.
There are two schools in the Barnabas Project - Barnabas A and Barnabas B.
Barnabas A functions as the main school and is way bigger than Barnabas B. In Barnabas A approximately 425 children attend to school, in Barnabas B there are 211 chilrden. For many children, especially the smaller ones, travelling to school is very difficult. By having schools in two different locations, we can now offer them a good education close to their homes.
Our orphanage, where the children in need live, is located next to Barnabas A.
In each school, qualified teachers assure the children to follow the syllabus.
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School Activities and Leasure Time
Our school day commence at 8 am and break for lunch at 1 pm with two breaks in the morning. Afternoon classes start at 2 pm and end at 4 pm where pupils break for games and go home for the day scholars.
We focus to the holistic development of our children. That is why we encourage children to involve themselves in extra curriculum activities. We also have story books and a games field and a room where the children meet for entertainment.
In order to keep fit and healthy, our children participate in various activities that include
football, volleyball, netball, athletics, poetry, drama, dancing competition or scatting.
Teachers and volunteers organise regular trips to the nearby beach on weekends, football games or other activities.
The name Barnabas means sons of consolation or comfort as in the book of Acts 4:36-37 of the Holy Bible. The reason of our being is to console, give comfort and hope to the less fortunate that is the orphans, the vulnerable groups like widows and street children.
Barnabas Children Center was official born on September 2009. Before this, Harrison, the founder, lived around the area where the project is currently located for three years after high school. He saw how many children did not attend school because of poverty and that many of the children were orphans whose parents had died of HIV and AIDS. Young girls were married off at very early ages and young boys indulged in behavior like drug addiction.
Since he was raised by poor parents, Harrison missed school many days for lack of school fees. He felt so uncomfortable and was touched emotional by the troubles of children he met in Kitaruni village Utange.
The feeling towards finding a solution to the less fortunate was so deep. This gave Harrison the energy to start a school and a home which they would not need to pay to get education. He was not employed and did not have money to start the project at first. Luckily in 2007 he was employed as a teacher in a private school.
The same year he met his friends to share his dream. He tried three times but it was not successful, so he decided to move with the vision with only one of his friends. From 2007 to 2009, Harrison and his friend used to share half way their salaries to feed the first 6 children to buy detergent, soap and clothes for the kids.
By August 2009, Barnabas had a total of 6 orphans who we took care of. In September we decided to start a class. We got a room which was mud walled and palm leaf thatched. It was rough and dusty. That room was used as their class room during the day and their sleeping room at night. We got a teacher who used to pour water every morning, however this did not keep the kids away from getting jiggers.
Over the last years St. Barnabas home, school and projects have grown significantly. We have two dormitories - one for boys and one for girls. We have three permanent class rooms and an admistration office. We also have 7 semi permanent class rooms. We also have a 5 acre farm land which we have leased and we currently grow food there. You can find information on the farm and other projects here.
Our dream as a children institution is to make our Barnabas Children Center a better environment for learning for everyone.