About Akoma Holdings
In 1921, the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children (NSHCC) was developed to provide care and education for orphaned and homeless African Nova Scotian children. The Old Home orphanage closed in 1978/79 when two new group home structures were developed. Youth who were at risk were placed at the group homes by child welfare social workers in the province. The Department of Community Services provided operational funding for the children at the NSHCC. In 2011, the NSHCC launched the Akoma Family Centre to provide care for siblings ages 0-19 who were in the care of the Minister of Community Services. The mandate of the Akoma Family Centre was changed again in 2016 when it provided care to children who have special needs.
In 2014, another entity under the auspices of the NSHCC was developed, Akoma Holdings Incorporated (AHI). The Akoma Holdings Incorporated acquired the assets from the NSHCC which includes 310 acres of property on which there are two child caring residential facilities, a renovated community centre, the Old Home which was the original orphanage, a Cottage, where the superintendent resided, and the recently acquired Watershed Association Development Enterprises (WADE) building. It should also be noted that in 1986, the NSHCC signed a long term (99+ years) lease with Nova Scotia Power enabling them to utilize a corridor of the property and a section that crosses through the property.