Akiba School is not a boarding school, but sometimes exceptions are made. For the past ten years, Akiba has occasionally hosted boys and young men who otherwise don’t have a place to stay. In many cases, these boys are orphans or may have spent some time living on the streets. Currently there is space for up to ten boys to stay within the school where they are supervised and mentored by teachers and a caretaker. While we were able to accommodate boys at the school, we were not sure what to do with challenging cases facing girls. We thank God that earlier this year, Akiba was able to set up a small boarding facility for girls, and now we also have a girl’s house where five students stay and are mentored by two young women. During the day, the mentors also help with a sewing project for economic empowerment of young mother’s.
Once every term we host an Akiba Day at Light and Power Centre where sponsored students come together for fellowship, food, and fun. This month we formed groups to examine issues of personal and community health. The exciting news is that we’ve been connecting current students with alumni and developing a mentorship and study skills programme. This time, several alumni shared words of encouragement: