STRATEGIC PLAN 2018 – 2038

In Kenya, the situation of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) is an issue of concern. Currently it is estimated that there are over 2 million Orphans in the country, 47 percent orphaned as a result of HIV and AIDS and many more remain vulnerable due to several other factors. The statistics surrounding the rising population and the immense suffering of these children can be overwhelming. Over 25% of the population lives on less than $1 per day and 12-15% of households in Kenya are headed by an orphan sibling. 700 children are orphaned every day (that is a child every 2 minutes) and 1/3 of these are orphaned due to HIV / AIDS. This means that the number of orphans is set to rise. Traumatized by the death of parents, at times the orphans become antisocial. It has not helped matters that the society seems to have become impervious to their plight. The fact that these children do not have parents predisposes them to exploitation. Orphans are especially a soft target for child traffickers.

In a nation with a rising burden of orphans in the community due to HIV and AIDS and poverty driven diseases, communities are struggling to care for the orphans among them. Although awareness of the plight of orphans is growing, no country, including Kenya has mounted the kind of response that is needed to match the severity of the crisis. The reasons include insufficient knowledge of the magnitude of the problem and the strength (or weakness) of existing coping strategies, lack of clarity on the advantages and disadvantages of possible interventions, limited capacity to implement interventions and scarce resources.

Our Vision is to have a society where children are respected and valued; where all children are cherished and supported; where they enjoy a fulfilling childhood and realize their full potential.

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Background Information of St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School

St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage and School is a Child-Advocacy Ministry that pairs able people with those who have been hit by the wave of poverty. The organization helps the needy children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty to new horizons of hope. Their goal is to enable these needy children to become responsible and fulfilled Kenyan citizens in the future with dignified lives. The undertakings of this organization have grown from modest beginnings when Rev. Father Methodios J.M Kariuki felt compelled to help 13 orphaned kids who were going through straited circumstances in Njabini, Kenya, and I am hopeful that he is going to reach a spectacular height of organizational success in his objections with a focus of giving these children a life of success and dignity. Today, their number has increased tremendously and there are over 400 children who have benefited from this noble project and are now reaping the broad benefits of one man’s clear, God-given vision.

St. Barnabas Orthodox  Orphanage & School now assists 175 vulnerable children suffering from spiritual assembly, economic, social and physical poverty. Some live with sick parents and elderly guardians who are physically and sexually abusive, while others are entirely dependent and live with caregivers employed by the mission.

Services provided are food, clothing, shelter, child care, education, health care, catechism, and spiritual guidance.

The strategic plan key Outlines

  • Outlines the key milestone/landmarks in the growth and development of the Orphanage and school.
  • Outlines all the programmes to all the stakeholders.
  • Provides rationale for resource allocation
  • Helps to avoid duplication.
  • Helps to simplify service delivery
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SITUATION ANALYSIS

We look forward to building permanent building on the 3 acres of land between the years 2020-2027. The main structures include;

  • Classrooms
  • Dormitories
  • Ablution Blocks
  • Church
  • Community Health Centre
  • Dining Hall
  • Offices
  • Talent Academy – Labs, Music Center

Sports Facilities

With a population of 46 million, 41 percent of Kenyans still rely on unimproved water sources, such as ponds, shallow wells and rivers, while 59 percent of Kenyans use unimproved sanitation solutions. These challenges are especially evident in the rural areas and the urban slums. Only 9 out of 55 public water service providers in Kenya provide continuous water supply, leaving people to find their own ways of searching for appropriate solutions to these basic needs. 19 million people lack access to safe water and 27 million people lack access to improved sanitation.

An Orthodox Orphanage & School community with a population of 175 needy children suffers from a lack of clean water supply. We have undergone unheard human miseries due to constant droughts and unreliable rainfalls. We only rely on fetching water from a river that is located approximately 12 Kms away from the school, an indication that there is no constant water supply. The community relies on water from wells, which run dry if droughts persist. There are also ponds of stagnant water which are used by both human and animal community. Thus people are generally at the mercy of their creator since the cleanliness of such waters is not assured.

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Kenya is a water scarce country and water pollution is very common and thus requires a lot of sanitation to make it fit for human consumption. Surface waters resources cover only 2 per cent of the total surface area. The climate varies from tropical along the Kenyan coast of the Indian Ocean to arid in the interior and two thirds of the country is covered by semi-desert or desert land. Water supply and sanitation in Kenya is characterized by low levels of access, in particular in urban slums and in rural areas, as well as poor service quality in the form of intermittent water supply.

Only 9 out of 55 water service providers in Kenya provide continuous water supply.

Githabai Rural community where the new facility is located has an estimated population of 8,576 people who suffer from a lack of clean water supply. The community has undergone unheard human miseries due to constant droughts and unreliable rainfalls.

The project idea is to improve access to clean water for St. Barnabas Orthodox  Orphanage & School and the neighboring community through sinking of borehole. We will ensure full participation of experts at different stages of the project. St. Barnabas Orthodox  Orphanage & School will provide project committee that will oversee the planning and implementation phases. The Mission Center will get the boreholes drilling company and water pump Supply Company; it will also coordinate the entire project while seeking technical advice from the experts.

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St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage and School was established in June 2007 by Fr. Methodios J.M Kariuki and his wife, Papadhia Everlyn Mwangi, who are Graduates from Makarios III Seminary and Orthodox Teachers College respectively. At this time, the community at Njabini did not know the meaning of “Orthodoxy” and more disturbing to them was “Orthodox Church”. Most of those who talked to us would ask “do you believe in God? And do you believe in Jesus? Is it a church and do you believe in the Holy Spirit?” These and many other peculiar questions were catalysts to the thought of a Mission Education Centre

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We started by renting 4 rooms that served as a chapel and a catechetical classes. We started St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage and School in a poverty scarred neighborhood and it impelled us to start learning about the challenges facing our neighbours especially their children.

The Orphanage has been operating on leased piece of land for the last 11 years: Currently we are in the process of moving to a  new piece of land that was partially purchased 3 Months ago. Thanks to donations received from well-wishers. Education is the key to success in life.  Children are enrolled in the Orphanage & School and are in different grades ranging from play group to those that are in STD 8. Currently the Orphanage and school has a total population of 175 pupils.

A School:  With a population of over 8,000 people it is difficult for most kids to attend school due to lack of enough schools that can accommodate needy children. Currently only St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School does that.

Water: As indicated in section 2.2 above. There’s no sufficient water in the area surrounding St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School. Residents walk for long distances to get to the nearby river.

Orphanage: The institution has a population of 175 children. Fifty four of these children are orphans of orthodox faith and are fully supported by Fr. Methodios JM Kariuki and other well-wishers.

Income Generating Projects: According to latest statistics poverty levels in the area are high with 5,827 out of 21,709 people who live in Njabini in abject poverty levels. Most families cannot afford a dollar per day hence there is need to capacity building the community for improved standards of living and sustainability.

There is only 1 health center operated by the government which is located 7.9 Kms away and about 3 private dispensaries all with limited resources. The nearest and well equipped hospital is approximately 32 Kilometers away from Githabai Area. The distribution of the health facilities is uneven. The utilization level of health facilities depends on its location. Generally some of the facilities are under-utilized due to lack of drugs, water and equipment. There is an urgent need for a general hospital to cater for the growing population in the Githabai locality. A well-equipped hospital can be used by the local community.

With a catchment population of 24,741 people who are served by one health center. A hospital/health center: Medical care is limited and or nonexistent in some areas surrounding St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School.

Programs that are in place to help the community members improve themselves and their living situation are:-

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A church/chapel which meets spiritual needs of the residents of the area surrounding St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School. Children attend catechism classes on orthodox faith twice a week and divine liturgy is conducted every Sunday to ensure that spiritual growth is guaranteed.

  • A school: With proper infrastructure to meet education needs of their children.
  • Reliable water supply: source preferably a borehole to curb the water shortage problem in the area.
  • An orphanage: with all necessary infrastructures to cater for the increasing number of orphans and vulnerable children in the area.
  • An Orphanage Farm: with reliable water source and greenhouses will ensure enough food production all year round.
A board of management which is constituted of members from the community, guardians & church with knowledge from various disciplines helps in running of the institution. For the community’s spiritual and educational development, there is need to construct a church and a school with all necessary infrastructures. Currently, the library reading area is converted into church/chapel whenever Divine Liturgy has to be conducted. The library and classrooms are temporary structures that require renovation.
The vision (hope) for this mission in the next 5 years is to have a fully operational school with boarding facilities and a borehole that will meet water demands for the school and the catchment population.

 

The vision (hope) for this mission in the next 10 years is to have an orphanage with proper infrastructure to cater for the needs of the orphans and vulnerable children, to have a fully operational hospital with adequate equipment and staff, to exploit income generating projects arising from the existing bore hole. Some of the income generating projects include a water point in which water will be sold to the catchment population at subsidized.

Step I: Determine Project

  1. The way to self-sustaining mission is to purchase land on which a school will be established, open and run an orphanage, purchase and utilize a food farm and finally build a children’s hospital
  2. The project will be located in miti-iri, Githabai Ward of Nyandarua County in Kenya.
  3. The project will produce self -sustainability because there will be income generated from various activities which include:
    1. Sale of water to the catchment population at subsidized prices
    2. Production of food for the mission population.
  • Sale of excess-farm produce grown through irrigation (borehole water will be used for irrigation during dry seasons) and green-house farming.
  1. School fees paid by parents who have no financial constraints.

Step 2: Project Funding

Initially the project will be funded by fundraising and in future savings from income generating projects to boost fundraised amount.

Step 3: Wealth Producing Investment

  1. The project will fund itself by pooling together financial resources obtained from various sources (sale of water at the community level, sale of farm produce grown through irrigation & green-houses and school fees.
  2. The project is expected to fund itself in 20 years.

At the onset of the project ninety percent of the project will be funded by donations while ten percent will be self-funded. On attaining self –sustainability, ninety percent of the project will be self- funded while ten percent will be donor funded.

Strategic Plan 2018 – 2038

Vision and Mission

To have a society where children are respected and valued; where all children are cherished and supported; where they enjoy a fulfilling childhood and realize their full potential.

Mission Statement:

To improve the situation of orphaned children by taking care for housing, food, education and health care in a way that meets the level and the needs of the children. St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School will carry out all activities within the framework of an Orthodox Christian approach.

St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School will take in children irrespective their race, tribe and religion.

Programme Objectives

Based on the results in 2010 – 2017 and adhering the vision and mission, the objectives and related plan of activities 2018-2038 are outlined as follows:

Programme 1: St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School

Upholding the quality of the orphanage: St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School and Project expects to improve and sustain the expertise and quality to take care for the 175 in-house children in a professional way. To provide for the services of good quality it is perceived that the number of in- house Children in St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School will not exceed 400. The goals are set for the maximum capacity.

Orthodox AfricaBeyond the age of 18 years old the children of St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School should be part of the adult life in the society where the child originally belongs to. Considering that in Kenya family life is very important we will work on strengthening the re-integration process. By an individual approach of each child we will investigate the possibilities for rejoining the child with relatives. Disengagement from the orphanage should be done in a step by step way. Also the admission by foster parents as a re-integration process shall be considered.

Provision of Education for the in-house children

For all the in-house children, the Mission Center will continue to make efforts to provide at least for primary and secondary education. St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School prefers to send the in-house children t

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o boarding high schools.

A child sponsoring program will be able to provide for housing, food, school fees, uniforms and materials for each of the children will be continued in coming years. For education purposes we will work on collecting donations on a continuous base.

For those children who are not able to join secondary school the Mission Center will provide for ‘tailor made’ professional education. In the region there are several well-known technical and industrial trainings institutes where children can be trained as electricians, workers, welders, plumbers, tailors, carpenters, tailors, interiors designers, dressmakers, etc.

Programme 2: St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School Boarding Facility

The St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School Boarding Facility aims to admit pupils from the community in order to provide income through school fees paid by parents who have no financial constraints. By 2028 the boarding facility will start its operation and we expect to accommodate approximately 175 increasing to 400 children with able parents in the next years. The School fees raised will be used to sponsor the needy at St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School.

We expect that the majority of the needy children will move on to an Orthodox Faith high school. This school will be fully sponsored by the Church and offer spiritual guidance to the teenagers.

Financially the school will be independent of the current donations by 2038. To admit also the children of the poor parents the mission center will work on the applicability half and full sponsorship by local and foreign donations on specific conditions.

  • Building the teaching capacities of the school team

St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School nursery school aims to have qualified teachers with a high commitment, ability to bring knowledge into practice, skills and attitudes. Therefore the Mission Center has set the rule that teachers will study ECD diploma courses.

  • Diversification curriculum

By integrating playing and learning and adapting to the learning needs of different age groups St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School aims to offer a strong foundation for a positive development of the children. The step to primary school will not be a difficult one.

  • Strengthening the Management of the school according to good quality standards

From 2019 onwards the management of the school will work on shared responsibilities of the team members. A joint strategic planning will be worked out.

  • Systematic monitoring of school-and pupils performance will be organized.
  • Training and capacity building of teachers will be provided for.
  • An effective link with parents and the community will be organized and planned.
  • A pedagogical and deductive vision on education will be worked out and propagated.
  • Enhanced discipline, guidance and counseling services
  • Availing adequate and relevant learning and teaching resource
  • More involvement of pupils in co- curricular activities

Programme 3: Community development

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A feasibility study will be conducted to identify the opportunities for a realistic and effective empowerment programme in accordance with the needs and desire of the target group being single mothers of St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School children, joined by the guardians of the children of St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School and other community members. In general the main focus themes are:

  • Women rights and the Kenyan Constitution
  • Improving Family Life
  • Spreading the Orthodox Believe among the community
  • Human Nutrition
  • Food Science
  • Hygiene and Healthcare at home
  • Family Finances
  • Child Education at home
  • Home and school relationship

From 2020 empowerment programs will be organized, in later years followed by specific programs for professional development like starting small scale businesses, setting up of money savings systems, etc. An extensive analysis of the needs of community members and a realistic and feasible programming will always be the leading starting point. The mission center will aim for small scale programs only.

Programme 4: Agricultural Activities

St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School plans to start growing crops through irrigation and greenhouses on the new land which we plan to have fully purchased by the end of the year 2025. We also plan to do dairy farming on the same piece of land. Excess Crops and milk products will be sold to generate income towards achieving “Self Sustaining Goal of the Orphanage & School by 2038”.

4.4 Organizational Development and structure St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School and Orphanage

Staff capacities:

In order to be able to offer the intended services the mission center will maintain and develop a professional level of the staff. St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School will be pro-active and anticipating the relevant staff expertise and the sustaining relevant organizational tools and an adequate infrastructure like buildings, equipment, transport, furniture. In 2018-2028 the Mission Center will continue to strengthen the staff capacities through relevant training and courses, especially in the field of management, administration and child development and Education.

Financial Planning

St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage & School foresees to achieve the exploitation goals for the next 10 years at an annual budget of approximately USD 168,659 on long term needs for the Mission Center