At Shangilia Children’s Home we emphasize the importance of education as a step towards independence and self-sufficiency, and ultimately breaking the cycle of poverty. School fees, uniforms, books, and other educational resources are a large portion of ongoing costs for children to receive elementary and secondary education. Shangilia means Joy in Swahili and children here are able to live joyfully through the many games, birthday parties, and songs that are sung here.
Almost half of the children at Shangilia Children’s Home are above the age of thirteen. Another project to ensure that these children lead full and successful lives after leaving the home is called Fanikiwa. Fanikiwa means to be successful in Swahili and this project helps to get graduates of the children’s home set up to live a full and prosperous life through mentorship, entrepreneurial training, post-secondary education, and financial guidance.
PACE serves the community through PACE Schools, food and healthcare, and a Leadership Summit. PACE Schools offer affordable, subsidized education to over 400 children in need from nursery school through to high school graduation. Many of the 42 tribes in Kenya are reflected in the student body, as well as children from many of the twelve countries making up the Great Lakes region of East Africa. Students also receive health care and food.
Pastor Wachira, the head of PACE, hosts an annual African Leadership Summit in Nyahururu. African leaders from the East, South, and West are invited to attend. During this week-long summit, attendees deal with issues that affect their lives, issues most are not free to discuss in their own communities. The participants also tour PACE sites and projects, and spend time with local pastors.