Riley Orton Foundation
The Riley Orton Foundation is a gateway out of poverty for both the students and the teachers.
WOMEN & CHILDREN
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A message from David Omondi & Erick Otieno, Co-Founders & Managers
“My name is David Omondi, and together with Erick Otieno, we founded and now manage Akili Girls’ Pre-School & Preparatory School (Riley Orton Foundation) in the Obunga slum, where we grew up. I returned home after college because I believe that real change can be achieved from within the community itself, and because I believe in the power of women to change the world. I saw that without support their potential often goes unrealized.”
“My name is Erick Otieno, and I saw the incredible efforts my mother made to support my family throughout my life — she is the inspiration for the work we continue with today. I have a vision that a time will come when girls in Africa will be seen as equal as boys and treated with the same respect and opportunities. The time will come when African women will know that everything is possible for them.”
The Riley Orton Foundation’s main program is the Akili Girl’s School. The Akili Girl’s School has 105 students and all female teachers. Employing female teachers empowers children and women in the Obunga slums and provides the students with strong female role models.
The school strives to provide safe access to education for kids living in and around Kisumu County, with holistic education that addresses both the physical and emotional needs of girls. It offers affordable school fees and a feeding program that provides children meals that are missed at home.The school implements a healthy learning and social environment through integrating extra-curricular activities like sports and extra classes in the library.
The Maendeleo Hub
Currently in its early stages, the Maendeleo “Progress” Hub is a community resource center that will connect women and youth who are beginning their own grassroots projects with the tools, networks, and skills that they need to create resilient communities. Services will include computer training, fundraising mentorship, and strategic planning and finance consultation.
Akili also has plans to establish an eco-farm to help introduce small scale farmers – especially women, youth and local students – to regenerative farming practices that make efficient use of limited local resources and protect the environment for future generations.
We are building to our 3-year goals through a combination of income-generating projects. Here's what we're developing right now.
Nutrition is an ongoing concern for children in poverty with many parents forgoing lunch and sometimes dinner, leaving hungry children unable to focus in school. Akili’s sustainable farm program provides nutritious meals for the students and income for the school. They grow a variety of vegetables and have a poultry farm.
The boarding school is located in Obambo village and provides the girls a safe environment outside the slum. It is currently providing a home to 30 girls in the 3rd and 4th grades. In the next year, the school expects to double its capacity through boarders from outside communities that will pay living fees.