Mukhanyo Christian Academy is a faith-based K-12 private school serving AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in Mpumalanga, a poor region near Pretoria, South Africa. The academy offers free schooling, foster homes, daily meals, and healthcare and other services to some of South Africa’s most vulnerable children.
The school is a joint venture between South African and American believers, who felt a call on their hearts to serve South Africa’s motherless and fatherless children. Since South Africa’s AIDS orphans struggle with daily survival, we realized that we needed to design a holistic model that would take care of these children’s basic needs and provide an environment where they could flourish and learn. While AIDS is rampant across the African continent, the need is especially acute in South Africa. In our country, more than 40 percent of all adults 16 and older are believed to be infected with AIDS and more than two million children have been orphaned by the disease. In addition, millions of additional children are vulnerable, meaning that their families have experienced parental illness, death, or unemployment.
We commenced our inaugural school term in January 2010 – matching the South African seasons and educational calendar – with two grades: a class of kindergartners and first graders. We have been blessed to see God’s hand on this fledgling ministry, as we only began fundraising in September 2009. In just four short months, God has brought together the resources, staff, and temporary facilities we need to open our doors. We are drawing our first class of 20 students from among the 1,500 AIDS orphans currently being served by the Mukhanyo ministries. The need is so great that we cannot rest on our laurels: There are so many other children in our community who need our help.
We will be using 2010 as a pilot year, to determine how to build our school moving forward. With God’s help, we will raise the monies and create the structure we need to purchase or build permanent facilities and expand our reach to serve many more children.
Dr. Flip Buys