The school will identify various areas of concern with all stakeholders using the problem analysis matrix and map out various strategies as a way forward. Various stakeholders in the school were identified their duties and responsibilities as well as the strategic obligations to the school.
Strategic Plan 2018 – 2028
Vision and Mission
To contribute to a society where all children have equal chances to a dignified existence and chances to build a future
To improve the situation of orphaned children by taking care for housing, food, education and health care in a way that meets the level and the needs of the children. St Irene Orthodox Mission Center will carry out all activities within the framework of an Orthodox Christian approach.
- St Irene Orthodox Mission Center will take in children irrespective their race, tribe and religion;
- To provide for good pre-school education for poor children from the communities
- To assist the poor stand-alone mothers in the communities to take responsibility for their families by advising and training.
Based on the results in 2010 – 2017 and adhering the vision and mission, the objectives and related plan of activities 2018-2028 are outlined as follows:
Programme 1: St Irene Orthodox Mission Center
Upholding the quality of the orphanage St Irene Orthodox Mission Center and Project expects to improve and sustain the expertise and quality to take care for the 40 in-house children in a professional way. To provide for the services of good quality it is perceived that the number of in- house Children in St Irene Orthodox Mission will not exceed 100. The goals are set for the maximum capacity.
Beyond the age of 18 years old the children of St Irene Orthodox Mission Center should be part of the adult life in the society where the child originally belongs to. Considering that in Kenya family life is very important we will work on strengthening the re-integration process. By an individual approach of each child we will investigate the possibilities for rejoining the child with relatives. Disengagement from the orphanage should be done in a step by step way. Also the admission by foster parents as a re-integration process shall be considered.
Provision of Education for the in-house children
For all the in-house children, the Mission Center will continue to make efforts to provide at least for primary and secondary education. St Irene Orthodox Mission Center prefers to send the in-house children to boarding high schools.
A child sponsoring program will be able to provide for housing, food, school fees, uniforms and materials for each of the children will be continued in coming years. For education purposes we will work on collecting donations on a continuous base.
For those children who are not able to join secondary school the Mission Center will provide for ‘tailor made’ professional education. In the region there are several well-known technical and industrial trainings institutes where children can be trained as electronically workers, welders, plumbers or tailors, carpenters, tailors, interiors design, dressmaking, etc.
Programme 2: St Irene Orthodox Mission Center Boarding Facility
The St Irene Orthodox Mission Center Boarding Facility aims to offer pupils from the community in order to provide income through school fees paid by parents who have no financial constraints. By offering the “learning by experience” system of learning the child will be challenged to develop itself on the individual level as well on the group level. By a holistic approach the child will be developed both on the intellectual, the emotional, social and physical level.
By 2028 the boarding facility will start its operation and we expect to accommodate approximately 100 increasing to 250 children with able parents in the next years. The School fees raised will be used to sponsor the needy at St Irene Orthodox Mission Center.
We expect that the majority of the needy children will move on to government high schools. These schools are partially sponsored by the Government hence cheap school fees.
Financially the school will be independent of the current donations from the Orthodox Africa by 2038. To admit also the children of the poor parents the mission center will work on the supply of local and foreign donations on specific conditions.
- Building the teaching capacities of the school team
St Irene Orthodox Mission Center nursery school aims to have qualified teachers with a high commitment, ability to bring knowledge into practice, skills and attitudes. Therefore the Mission Center has set the rule that teachers will study ECD diploma courses.
- Diversification curriculum
By integrating playing and learning and adapting to the learning needs of different age groups St Irene Orthodox Mission Center aims to offer a bright underground for a positive development of the children. The step to primary school will not be a difficult one.
- Strengthening the Management of the school according to good quality standards
From 2019 onwards the management of the school will work on shared responsibilities of the team members. A joint strategic planning will be worked out.
- Systematic monitoring of school-and pupils performance will be organized.
- Training and capacity building of teachers will be provided for.
- An effective link with parents and the community has to be organized and planned.
- A pedagogical and deductive vision on education has to be worked out and propagated.
- Enhanced discipline, guidance and counseling services
- Availing adequate and relevant learning and teaching resource
- More involvement of pupils in co- curricular activities
- Enhanced discipline, guidance and counseling services
Programme 3: Community development
A feasibility study will be conducted to identify the opportunities for a realistic and effective empowerment programme in accordance with the needs and desire of the target group being single mothers of St Irene Orthodox Mission Center children joined by the guardians of the children of St Irene Orthodox Mission Center and other community members. In general the main focus themes are:
- Women rights and the Kenyan Constitution
- Improving Family Life
- Spreading the Orthodox Believe among the community
- Human Nutrition
- Food Science
- Hygiene and Healthcare at home
- Family Finances
- Child Education at home
- Home and school relationship
From 2020 empowerment programs will be organized, in later years followed by specific programs for professional development like starting small scale businesses, setting up of money savings systems, etc. An extensive analysis of the needs of community members and a realistic and feasible programming should always be the leading starting point. The mission center will aim for small scale programs only.
Programme 4: Agricultural Activities
St. Irene Orthodox Mission Center & Orphanage plans to start growing crops on the new land which we plan to have fully purchased by the end of the year 2019. We also plan to do dairy farming on the same piece of land. Crops and milk products will be sold to generate income towards achieving “Self Sustaining Goal of the Mission Center & Orphanage by 2038”.
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Organizational Development and structure St Irene Orthodox Mission Center and Orphanage
In order to be able to offer the intended services the mission center must maintain and develop a professional level of the staff. St Irene Orthodox Mission Center has to be pro-active and anticipating the relevant staff expertise and the sustaining relevant organizational tools and an adequate infrastructure like buildings, equipment, transport, furniture. In 2018-2028 the Mission Center will continue to strengthen the staff capacities through relevant training and courses, especially in the field of management, administration and child development.
Strengthen the ownership and responsibilities for the governance, management and operation of the programmes.
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