One of the projects we are currently working on is a Pre-Primary School (PPS) & we have now completed our first week there.
The PPS was established in 2010 by a graduate of the Namibian Evangelical Theological Seminary. Rather than go on to pastor a church, this graduate saw a greater need within his community to establish a Pre-Primary School which would give classes to orphans & vulnerable children & those effected with HIV & AIDS. This educational opportunity was to be offered to any child (aged 3 to 6) regardless of whether their parents could pay the school fees or not.
The PPS was established within a poor community, which has in excess of 20,000 inhabitants. Some of the children are not going to school because parents are unemployed or because they are orphans & vulnerable.
The PPS is located in the back of a local Evangelical Church. It consists of one small classroom & an office, which are both partitioned off from the rest of the church. It is very basic, resources are few & cash flow strained. On the other hand; the kids are great, a teacher is employed & hope (vision) is evident!
Starting with one student in 2010, there are now 20 students enrolled. The Director has great passion for the project, which seeks to deliver quality Christian education in a disadvantaged community. A vision for growth is also in place. The PPS seeks to provide children with affordable & long life opportunities.
The Director has worked on the project now for two years & has never drawn a wage. When we asked him how he lived, he answered “by the Grace of God”. The class teacher is employed from 7:00 am to 2:00 PM five days a week. She does a great job in loving, caring & teaching the children. Her wage is Namibian $1,000 per month (AUD $ 125 per month!).
The PPS is providing good opportunities for the children to learn about themselves, their environment & their God. It is Christ centred & each day begins with a twenty minute Bible focus for the children.
Kate has been working with the teacher, assisting her in the classroom & looking to provide some mentoring where required. Mike has been reviewing the schools Administration & in particular financial considerations & funding requirements.
“Train a child in the way he should go & when he is old he will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6).