Subsequent to a pre-school program that was begun in Sakila,
two couples caught the vision to provide a Primary School education
by means of a sponsorship program. Thus, the Sakila Sponsorship
Program was started and, shortly thereafter, Sluys/Anderson
Primary School opened. Beginning in January of 2003 with 103
children and adding approximately 80 five and six-year-olds
each year the school now has an enrolment of 463 students.
Sluys/Anderson Primary School is one of few schools to have
electricity, water, completed classrooms, textbooks, a feeding
program, uniforms, medical care, and school supplies provided
for each student. All of this is made available through the
sponsorship program with no cost to the child's family. The
school is supplying vegetables and meat to supplement the
children's diet. Each student has a sponsor who sends $30
per month to help with his or her support. Other gifts are
often given during the year such as hand-made quilts.
Sponsors and additional supporters have also provided finances
for new classrooms, an administration building, a computer
lab, goats, chickens, and needed repairs to family homes.
The community benefits greatly from the education of the children
as well as the jobs that are created because of the school
and its needs.