The academy is an ever-expanding project which RUSH have undertaken. Presently it consists of 3 nursery classes and the first six years of primary school. (The Kenyan school system has years 1 to 8 as primary educationand then years 9 to 12 as secondary.) The school, at the time of writing, has 300 children, many of whom are orphans or vulnerable children. Vulnerable children are those considered to be underprivileged and at risk in the community.
Although primary education is now funded by the state, state schools are generally over-crowded and under-staffed. Despite the free tuition, uniforms, shoes, textbooks and stationery are not provided; many children still cannot afford to go. RUSH Academy provides free, quality education to orphans and vulnerable children, along with free uniform, textbooks and stationery. School fees are encouraged although not all can pay. The school has been flexible in accepting, trees, wood, vegetables and even chickens. Paying by chickens is the way Lucy herself started going to school. See her story on 'Our History' page.
The other benefit of the school is that it provides free breakfast and lunch for the children, ensuring that they at least eat healthy, balanced meals on schooldays. For some of the children, having two meals every day is a luxury to which they are not accustomed.
In 2004 we bought a plot of land as a new location for the school, where there is more space for the school to expand. Work has begun on constructing the new school buildings. Six new classrooms have been built and the New Academy opened in Januray 2007, the day after the windows went in and some have been painted . it is also hoped to add more classrooms so that the whole school can be on one site. A new Administration block ( the St Andrew's Wing) has also been built comprising office, head teacher's office, staffroom and library. The grounds are spacious with a beautiful vista and often the hint of a light breeze. At the lower end of the field we now have a cattle shed for the two cows. They produce milk for the school children, a home for the caretaker and a kitchen for the school.
Near to the road is the New Lister Posho Mill - this will be run by the school caretaker to grind maize and generate an income for the school and himself. This was to have run on diesel but will now function on electricity once the electicity connection to the school site is completed.
We have bought a 41 seater minibus for the school, in order that the children do not have to walk several miles to attend. We are currently replacing the engine and gear box on this one and hope to buy a new one in the future. We also run two minibuses.