Impact Kenya-PACE (Pan African Christian Exchange) is a program located in Nyahururu, central Kenya that offers education that is affordable and integrated and available to all – orphans, street children, and those from marginalized tribes are mixed with those from poor, middle and rich families.
Impact Kenya-PACE also supports a wide variety of community development projects in Nyahururu District in central Kenya, working in partnership with pastors and indigenous leaders to serve orphans, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s), street children, widows, single mothers, and neglected seniors.
The main PACE compound houses a Nursery School, the Academy (grades 1-7), High School, the Vocational College, and PAST (Pan African School of Theology). PACE is also one of the few organizations in this area that also focuses on locally supported national compassion outreach, and holds an annual Leadership Summit with attendees from across the globe.
Detailed Implementation Plan
iTeams Canada partners with Kenya-PACE in a variety of areas including the Academy, High School and the Pan African School of Theology (PAST). In PACE’s schools there are currently 225 students from nursery school to high school. There are 18 of Kenya’s 42 tribes are represented, as PACE works to raise up leaders who will work will together in unity and gender equality across their country of Kenya. PACE is also home to international students from 8 African nations including Ethiopia, Rwanda, Malawi, South Sudan and Nigeria. Additionally, there are 24 full-time employed teachers and 8 support staff. There are 34 PAST students in Kenya and 30 in Uganda. Our goal is to offer placement in our schools to students from marginalized tribes and to students with good grades from low economic status.
At the Academy, students continue to be taught a variety of subjects. They are fed daily and have extra curricular opportunities including art, music and spending time at the library. At PACE the students participate in Sunday worship services. Academic quality and capacity building with teachers has been emphasized. Teachers who have been serving at PACE for over two years were treated to a retreat to Mombasa in December to thank them for their dedication and their work to the mission and vision. A librarian was hired in December to continue running the program for the children.
The focus in the high school is to continue integrating the vocational college into high school classes. This year computer classes and business studies has been added. Next year we hope to add woodworking, mechanics, carpentry, dressmaking, home economics beauty and hairdressing.
The Pan-African School of Theology (PAST) continues to grow and the goal of expanding PAST throughout the East Africa region remains positive and ongoing. Students come to the centers once a week for three hours of supervised instruction and facilitation for ten weeks per course. Intake happens four times a year in February, May, August and November.
Our Uganda partnership with Ben and Sam is running well. Over the past six months we have opened two centres, one in a community of South Sudan refugees in Northern Uganda and another within a community in Congo.
On October 15-19, 2018 the sixth annual African Leadership Summit was held at PACE with over 40 participants. This year was especially exciting because five of iTeams’ partners from Burkina Faso, Kenya, Zambia, South Sudan and Rwanda were also able to attend. The summit’s vision is to encourage and develop African leadership within the local church and community. The Leadership Summit was a great four days of speakers, small group sessions and testimonies. The time was formative and encouraging for all in attendance. This year’s theme was “Partnering for High-Impact Leadership”. A Couples in Ministry mini-summit was held from November 20-23 at PACE.
In October, PACE also held their ninth grade graduation ceremony where 42 students graduated from various levels. Fifteen from class 8, ten from top class and 27 from Form 4. We are excited and thankful for their accomplishments.
The National Exams are held in November and our school did very well. We are hoping this performance will encourage increased enrollment in 2019.
Over the next six months we are focusing on strengthening the partnership community. The new school year starts in January and we look forward to enrolling more students as we start the new year. As the number of students increases we will look to increase monthly donors and church partnership with PACE, to ensure that these children are taken care of.
We will continue to focus on our vision of providing quality Christ-centered education at the PACE compound and through our PAST centres.
In 2019 PACE plans to host a Women in Leadership Summit in February and a Youth in Leadership Summit in April.
Stories of Transformation
Share in the joy of PACE students as they worship together!
Long-term iTeams Canada volunteer, Carla Helmuth, continues to serve in the library, training a local librarian.