2012 was a milestone year for the East African Center as our first class of 8th graders graduated from our Junior School. Our report details the progress we made and the challenges we face.
"It’s truly incredible to see how this organization has grown all the while maintaining its
high ethical standards. Finances are used efficiently and accountably, and the EAC works
in true participatory partnership with the Takaungu community. You get the sense, when
visiting the EAC, that not only is the organization 100% dedicated to the people of
Takaungu and its surrounding areas, but that the community is also dedicated to the
organization. I think that the EAC gives the community a sense of pride."
Katherine C. Spencer and the Broadwaters Foundation
North Canton, Ohio's Hoover High School Yearbook Club students designed and published a yearbook for Vutakaka Junior School's 8th grade class in 2012. The books are beautiful and commemorate an important year for these students and our school as they are the first graduating 8th grade class. We are proud to report that 100% of the students went on to high school and that we assisted in placing them in quality schools and supporting those who needed it ourselves or by matching them with student sponsors. You can view each page in our photo album.
We are thrilled with the progress our students are making and know that through our school these children have a real chance at continuing on to quality secondary and tertiary programs. Unfortunately, with more than 100 students in a single class, the same cannot be said for students attending many other nearby schools. Vutakaka School is truly exceptional as it provides textbooks to each child, offers laptops to each child in the upper grades, provides opportunities for continuing education to its teachers, and has a complete stock of manipulatives and other necessary school supplies on hand at all times. It has been proven that when girls are educated they marry later, have fewer children and their incomes rise. Their general nutrition and health improves, and the chance they will contract HIV is reduced.
We are proud that our school is not only increasing the opportunity for education, but providing the highest quality education available in our area. The EAC is confident that given the opportunity, these children, boys and girls, will be agents of change in their communities for generations to come
Sponsor a student today to make a difference that lasts for generations to come.
We are a proud member of Aid for Africa and are honored to be a part of the Girl's Education Fund which is a special program whose focus is not on talk, research, or meetings. It is on getting girls into school and supporting them throughout their education. In this video, you can see a number of our students.
Aid for Africa is a unique partnership of some 80 select charities, all dedicated to solving the complex, inter-related challenges facing Africa. Organizations wishing to become part of the Aid for Africa partnership must meet stringent tests of fiscal accountability, governance and programmatic impact.
Join us in celebrating a decade of progress. The EAC is now 10 years old. Look how far we've come!
In 2009, the EAC was awarded a grant from One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) that provided for a new classroom, electricity to the Vutkaka Junior School and 100 XO laptops for students in grades 4, 5 and 6. The laptops have become a part of the curriculum and are being used daily in and outside the classroom. Learn more about the OLPC program at Vutakaka Junior School