The social department is headed by Ms. Sitati T. Namasa. The other members include:
- Syprose Anyango
- Josiah Imbuka
- Elphas Ondoro
- Patrick Ouma
- Alphonse Omondi
- James Musuia
- Anastacia Amollo
The main goal of the department is to ensure that beneficiaries at St. Al’s, both in high school and tertiary institutions, are provided with the best possible welfare services. This department oversees that students’ welfare is cared for through roles offered by the following sub-departments beneath it:
- Guidance and counseling
- Feeding program
GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING
The guidance team’s major role is to deal with psychological and emotional needs of students.
They ensure students are guided and molded into persons of integrity now and in the future. They have to grow both academically and become responsible adults in the society. The team offers the following services.
- Career guidance to students
- Counseling services
- Social support
- Life skills
Career guidance is conducted by CLC group, which is the student encounter program that runs every Saturday
The counseling team provides one on one counseling sessions to students. Fr.Terry Charlton also offers spiritual counseling to students.
Our school handles disadvantaged students from the Kibera slum. They go through a lot of challenges that affect their education. Most of the challenges are social in nature. There is a special office called the social office that caters for such needs. The office tries to rescue students who are homeless, those whose guardians have died while they are in school, students from orphanages, and also students whose caretaker’s whereabouts are unknown. Such students are put under special needs care where the school provides shelter and essential needs that they might need to keep them in school and to provide a bright future for them. Currently, we have other students under social needs. Other roles the office plays include:
- Conducting social enquiries on admitted students and graduates.
- Conducting home visits and follow-ups on students’ whereabouts.
- Data entry of all beneficiaries.
Education For Life is an important program in the school. It runs every Monday from 3:25 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. We teach skills that are necessary to handle the daily challenges of life. We work with community organizations such as SWAHIBA youth network and polycom development project that empowers the girls in leadership skills, attitude development, responsible behavior change, and decision making.
The AHAPPY program-sponsored by AJAN (African Jesuit AIDS Network) is a life skills program at St. Al’s that continues to implement the aspect of A HAPPY Generation with encouragingly tangible results. Having undergone familiarization training, members of staff, with the use of acquired methodologies, based their instruction in the program on the element of A HAPPY generation. Students, generally from the ages of 15 to 18, are organized into families. Each family is headed by a member of staff or two and comprises students from the same level. Theparticipatory approach of the text has elicited lively responses from students. In these families students have been openly and without fear sharing their thoughts and aspirations in relating to the content of the book.
The school sponsors feeding program. Staff is employed to ensure affordable and quality food is served appropriately to all students. Students are served with breakfast at 9:20 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. Lunch is served at 1:10 p.m. Students are served in tables of 8 where each student gets a chance to serve others. This has helped the students to manage and save a lot of time.
Personal and environmental hygiene is an essential health standard that all the staff members are encouraged to observe. Under personal hygiene the staff ensures the students are groomed, uniforms are kept clean, hair is well maintained, and girls are provided with sanitary towels
Environmental hygiene entails school clean-up, classroom washing, washrooms and general compound. There is a duty roster where students are assigned areas to clean and supervised by the students’ representatives. General cleaning is done every Saturday.
The school has employed four energetic staff members who facilitate keeping the environment clean and maintaining the flowers around.