The Royal Christian Institute(RCI) is dedicated to making a positive change in our youth. Since 2012, RCI has sought to address hunger in low-income families and to help “at-risk” children remain focused on developmental and progressive activities when they are out of school.
RCI envisions a community where the children and youth we serve can read, write and transform that ability into new skills, values and careers — to better their families and communities.
Our Broad Organizational Goals Are:
(1) To help low-income families envision brighter options for the future
(2) To encourage academic achievement by ensuring that children stay competitive in the future.
(3) To promote self-worth, respect and self-sufficiency
(4) To create an atmosphere of community service in each child with the core message of “we are stronger together.”
IN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
|RCI supports our youth in collaboration with local churches and other entities: We run an eight week summer feeding and learning program. These services are adapted around the IPS (Indianapolis Public Schools) school calendar in the ZIP Code 46218 neighborhood and adjoining areas. The majority of children we serve are ages 1 to 5, and the rest are 5 to 17. The feeding aspect of the program is a nutrition initiative of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture — designed to fill nutrition gaps.|
IN MONROVIA, LIBERIA
|Once a proud and thriving nation established by free slaves, Liberia is now one of the African continent’s poorest countries. High poverty levels, post-war trauma and economic struggles make life in the West African country extremely challenging — especially for children, who walk great distances to the few available schools, often on empty stomachs.
Ms. Songor, the founder of Royal Christian Institute – a Liberian-American, visited her war-torn native country in 2010 – and saw first-hand the desperate need for educating the children of Monrovia. The three civil wars in neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia left a legacy of poverty and social upheaval, especially for young citizens whose development was interrupted by conflict.
With her own money she bought a piece of land – on which she intends to build “The Royal Christian Institute” (when funding becomes available) — a kindergarten through 12th grade school — in the much challenged Trye community of Bardnersville, Monrovia.
It is during this visit to Liberia that Ms. Songor fully committed herself to championing the causes of children — not only in Liberia, but in her adopted city of Indianapolis, Indiana.
|For further information on our present and future projects please follow the links below:
1. Social Media: www.facebook.com/royalchristianinstitute | www.youtube.com/royalchristian1