Winyo Christian Academy (WCA), located in Kenya, East Africa, was founded in 1998. WCA provides students with a quality, Christian education by fifteen dedicated, well-trained teachers and six support staff members. WCA now serves over 335 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. December 2007 saw the first graduation of WCA eighth graders. These students scored exceptionally high on their secondary education entrance exams, with a 99% pass rate. There is also a renovated church on the premises where the entire community can worship together.
Over 115 orphans attend WCA, and the number is always growing. Some of these children have lost both parents and are living with a well-wisher from the community, and some have lost one parent who can no longer afford their children’s basic needs, including education. Many of these parents passed away from curable diseases like malaria and pneumonia. The Winyo Orphan Sponsorship program at Forest Home (formerly known as Africa Now Ministries) provides these orphans with tuition, two meals a day, and two uniforms for only $150 annually. There is no administration fee-100% of the sponsorship goes toward the orphans’ educational expenses. Sponsors send their orphans letters quarterly and receive annual updates. Most members at Forest Home sponsor at least one orphan, and community members throughout the local area also sponsor.
If you are interested in learning more or becoming a sponsor, please call 615.405.4509 or 615.406.0522. You may also email gil_costello(at)yahoo.com or lg_costello(at)yahoo.com.