After discussing the challenges a child faces in Kenya trying to get an education and to have the opportunity to succeed in life, we developed The Akre King Transformational Model. Our belief was in order for a child to succeed, we would need to address all aspects of this child’s life… the emotional, the physical, the environment and the spiritual.
Our belief is that at the root of poverty is a “poverty of the soul.” In their own words described in When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, people living in poverty describe their own experiences as being a cripple; humiliated; shamed; an inability to make themselves heard; powerless; if you are poor you will always be poor… This belief in their identities must be addressed in order for them to be successful in the long term. Addressing how a person sees himself or herself is what will transform his or her life. Then with the added tools of education, economic development, basic needs met, poverty can become a thing of the past.
“When I joined Clay school, I had the feeling that everything was going to be different. This is because of the type of education I received, how people were concerned about my life, my teachers’ encouragement, and my efforts towards my studies. I see myself being successful and achieving my goals. It has made me happy and have greater expectations in life.”
“I have the desire to share my knowledge with high school and university students. Knowledge is power; I firmly believe that education is the key to a better life. If I am equipped with knowledge then I should go out to the world and do much good for society.”