The Soma Leo Academy
The Soma Leo Academy is a community school, with senior members of the local community participating in decisions about how the school is run and managed. Our pupils, selected by community elders, are amongst the most deprived in the community.
The towns of Osieko & Usenge
Osieko is a community of some 2,000 people at the end of a west bound road on the shores of Lake Victoria. With the lake waters on one side, and otherwise bordered by marshes, the Osieko area is isolated, both geographically and commercially.
The Schools in Osieko
Many schools in Osieko are cramped with no electricity and with little or no learning resources available. Trustees visited one school that had 100 children in a single classroom measuring 4m by 8m.
The Economy in Osieko
Osieko's economy is based around fishing and sand reclamation from the lake. The paddle boats used have very limited range. Available fish stocks within this range have depreciated markedly in recent years due to the impact of the introduction of Nile Perch to the lake some 50 years ago and general in-shore over-fishing.
The Nyiera area
Nyiera is on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya. It is a collection of 25 houses bordering Osieko. With the lake on one side and otherwise bordered by marshes, the Osieko area is isolated, both geographically and commercially.
The Welcome Party
The warmth and enthusiasm of the welcome our Trustee's received when arriving close to the school was exceptional. The natural ease of the children’s engagement and curiosity set the tone for a fabulous visit.
The Children of The Soma Leo Academy
The Soma Leo Academy is dedicated to providing exceptional educational opportunity to the most deprived children in the area, with 30 current students mostly aged between 3 and 5.
This is a poor community with few opportunities for education, in an area ravaged by AIDS where many of the children have lost their parents to the disease. Families live at or below the poverty line and children don’t have reliable access to nourishing food and clean water.