Sema Academy is a coeducational primary school in Kenya with over 300 students. The compound consists of a school building, a computer center, girls’ and boys’ dormitories, a dining hall and a playing field. Sema Academy is located in Chepilat, on the border of the Kisii and Kipsigis people.
Sema Academy was founded by Dr. Japtheth and Hellen Maranga and was adopted as a project of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island in 2000. Due to recent political violence, the school is in greater need than ever. During periods of ethnic strife, armed guards were hired to protect the school. Sadly, Dr. Maranga, who had been appointed to the Kenya Institute of Education, was murdered in December, 2008, in his home. His family has continued his mission.
The average annual salary of a worker in the Kisii district of Kenya is $200. Most cannot afford to send their children to school, no matter how deeply they desire it. You can sponsor a child’s year-long tuition for $100.
To learn more about Sema Academy, click here.
Kenyan artist Elkana Omweri Ong’esa has offered to donate 30% of the sale of his sculptures to Sema Academy. To learn more about Elkana and see the work, click here.