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About The Achungo Children's Centre

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Video of Achungo's history and progress since 2010: English  
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michaelThe Achungo Children's Centre (ACC) provides education, care, food, clothing and medical assistance for about 450 orphans and destitute children in rural southwest Kenya. Our schools are located near Homa Bay, Nyanza Province, just a few miles from Lake Victoria.

In 2005 we were registered as a Kenyan Community Based Organization with the Ministry of Culture and Social Services.

Our Kenyan Founder and Operational Director

The Kenyan founder and Director of ACC is Michael O. Nyangi. Michael attributes his desire to help orphans to his own experience growing up in a very poor local family and losing his father at the age of 7. He is a remarkable man who has dedicated his life to higher purposes ever since the generosity of good Samaritans enabled him to graduate from college with the prospect of a career as an accountant.

However, instead of pursuing a path of personal financial security, he began a micro-financing organization, Lomoro, at the age of 22. This began when he lent $20 from his own pocket to each of two single, destitute women with babies. Each woman turned the money into a business selling roasted corn and other vegetables along a busy railroad track. Lomoro soon became a 15-person office and the success of his endeavors led to Michael’s invitation to speak on poverty before the General Assembly of the U.N. in 2008. During this time, Michael also started taking orphans into his own home and recruiting some local widows to do likewise. Others noticed Michael's ability to bring together the needed resources to care for the growing number of destitute children, and more children arrived on his doorsteps. In 2005 Michael officially opened Achungo Children’s Center and continues to oversee and direct the operations of the school.

In 2007 German schoolteacher Armin Opitz learned of Achungo and begun fundraising that built the first permanent school building. 

ACC in the US

In 2008 Saratoga Federated Church, Saratoga, California funded a much-needed well for the children's center.  In 2009 the Jeanrenauds established ACC as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in the U.S. for the purpose of caring for orphans and destitute children.  During those early years, Samaritan's Purse provided grants that helped support the first food program for the children.  In 2012, a new Executive Director and new Board of Directors began development of a permanent campus.

Current Program Focus

With an initial focus on a lunch program, medical care and a well to provide clean drinking water, our focus since 2010 has included construction of permanent classrooms and other campus facilities. In addition, we began providing the compensation and support needed to attract qualified teachers. This investment in teachers and staff brought great returns and Achungo now ranks as one of the best schools in the area (1st in its zone). Our building program for the Primary facilities is complete and the new campus includes 10 classrooms, a library, a computer lab, offices and a faculty room, as well as a full kitchen and assembly hall and dorms for the 7th and 8th grade girls and boys.  Please check out our Photo Gallery (on the menu on the left) for pictures of our progress.  In 2016 we began building a second primary school in a different part of the same region and have over 100 students there as we continue to build out the entire school, add water and electricity and dorms for the older students.

Our goal is for ACC to become increasingly self-sufficient. Towards that end, the well not only provides clean water to the children of Achungo but also to the people in the community for a very small charge. Those funds pay the monthly electricity bill as well as other costs. In addition, we have begun a farm with some high-income agricultural projects which serves four important goals.  

  • The goal of producing some income to help support ACC's operational budget
  • Our demonstration to the surrounding communities of optimal agribusiness methods (most currently grow maize providing little if any profit)
  • The opportunity for our students to develop vocational skills as they help at the farm
  • A way for us to augment the school diet at low cost

These efforts have been aided through the advisement of John Nadolski from Living Water International and global farming experts from Echonet and Plant With Purpose, as well as Bob Whitney, Mark Rehder and others.

Our Staff and Support

100% of donations received by ACC are spent in Kenya directly benefiting the children of Achungo.  (Our volunteer Executive Director and Board in the U.S. directly pay the U.S. costs including taxes and insurance). Achungo's schools now have a Kenyan staff of 34, which includes 22 wonderfully competent and encouraging teachers. The schools includes a preschool and Kindergarten through Grade 8. For those students who graduate Grade 8 and qualify for higher education, we are seeking sponsors to enable them to attend high school and for as many as possible, college, in order to help them reach their full potential.  Menlo Church, Menlo Park, California, has made ACC a Global Ministry Partner and provides regular support.  However, 90% of our support comes through compassionate individuals who care about the futures of these children.

A number of U.S. organizations have conducted on-site due diligence of Michael and the Achungo Children’s Centre at different times: Samaritan’s Purse (a worldwide relief organization), Opportunity International (a micro-financing organization), and staff from two large California churches: Saratoga Federated and Menlo Church. All of them have found that ACC operates with the highest level of integrity and diligence, offering high quality services and educational programs fully worthy of your support.

The Achungo Children’s Centre (ACC) provides education, care, food, clothing and medical assistance for 200 orphans and destitute children in rural southwest Kenya. The school is located near Homa Bay, Nyanza Province, just a few miles from Lake Victoria.In 2005 it was registered as a Kenyan Community Based Organization with the Ministry of Culture and Social Services.