Federal Way students make a difference for peers in Kenya

Students from Crossroads Springs school in Kenya try on shoes sent to them from students at the Federal Way Public Academy. - Contributed
Students from Crossroads Springs school in Kenya try on shoes sent to them from students at the Federal Way Public Academy.
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Thanks to a relationship with Federal Way Public Academy (FWPA), orphan students in Kenya are receiving an education they might otherwise be unable to.

Crossroads Springs Institute is a school in Hamisi, Kenya, for children who are impacted by the AIDS epidemic. Established in 2004, their mission is to provide care and support for orphan children. Food, clothing, healthcare, education and skills for eventual self-sufficiency are provided in a safe, caring environment.

FWPA has maintained a relationship with Crossroads Springs Institute since the fall of 2005. This alliance includes raising money, as well as giving other material support to the school and students. This link has also taught FWPA students about life and schooling in Kenya.

The annual FWPA carnival raises more than $1,000 each year for the school. Other fundraising events include penny drives, t-shirt sales, bake sales and more, all benefiting Crossroads Springs. These donations have provided school uniforms, a water well, building materials for a new dormitory wing, physical education equipment, shoes, socks and school supplies.

Several FWPA students have had the opportunity to visit Crossroads Springs Institute students, who have shared their experiences with the FWPA student body. For more information on Crossroads Springs Institute, visit

From 40 students in 2004, to today’s 367 students in grades K-8, Crossroad Springs is proud of its students’ successes; high scores on national exams, awards and school trophies. Students who wish to continue to grades nine through 12 are funded through scholarships that enable them to make their dreams come true.


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