Adonai Nursery School and the Adonai Junior School serve a combined 335 students. Despite the challenges of our student body, we are now considered a "premier school" in the area because of our outstanding student performance on national exams.
When you visit Adonai Junior Primary School, you can't help but think it's like any other school around the world. The children study Math, History, Science, and English. They learn to read and write and to socialize with their peers. They learn some discipline but they also run and play. They enter sports competitions and have assemblies. At Christmas-time they have a concert and celebrate with singing, games, and treats.
But it's not just any primary school. Of the 335 students, 285 of them are orphaned or severely "at-risk".
Adonai does not operate a secondary school. However, we do our best to ensure that our talented students have the opportunity to continue their education at the next level. We currently pay school fees and expenses for 70 secondary or vocational students, on top of the 335 directly at school at Adonai, with the support of sponsors from around the world.
Childcare: In-Community and In-Home:
We believe every child should be part of a caring, supportive family in a real home. Through counseling and assistance to "Grannies", more distant family members, and others, we encourage and support placement in families in our village.
Unfortunately, Grannies and others who take responsibility for a child are frequently unable to feed themselves much less a child. We address this by providing food support to those vulnerable families. Grannies who take children into their homes receive a daily food allowance and support for special occasions such as at Christmas, Easter and birthdays. We conduct regular home visits and provide counseling and encouragement to families making an effort to stay together. Unfortunately, there is little room left in the village. Adoption is no longer an option in Uganda or the international community because of the age and hardened experience of the children.
Therefore, we created the Adonai Children's Home for urgently vulnerable children. The home consists of two dormitories housing a total of 55 girls and boys. Despite humble circumstances, our children are much loved and deeply cherished. In providing houseparents, our vision is to have a live-in "mother and father" who can serve as role models. We maintain a vegetable garden which contributes to a "home life" as well as a healthy, nutritious diet. Each child has responsibilities or chores. Our children range in ages from 3 to 18.