Kenya


Keeping Families Together Kenya

One of the most difficult decisions we face at Kids Alive Kenya is choosing which of the numerous vulnerable children we can rescue and bring into our residential care because of space constraints. The communities that we serve are in great need of help, with many families struggling just to survive.

Our Keeping Families Together initiative allows Kids Alive to help care for more at-risk children who have at least one parent or grandparent, because the children can remain in their home under the care of their adult relative. Such support for the child may include an education, health care, at least one meal a day, essential clothing, and other basic needs, depending on the family circumstances.

Keeping Families Together also assists the adult relatives themselves. This may include health care and helping them start an income-generating project of their own, so they can grow toward being financially independent. Through this program, we help them identify a business they can start, give them the necessary training, and support them by offering the seed-capital they need to begin. In the process, these individuals regain dignity and self-respect as well as having a way to provide for their families.

Reaching out to these families in need not only shows the love of Jesus in practical ways, but also opens doors to share the transforming Gospel message.

Karundas Children’s Centre

The Karundas Children’s Home, about three hours north of the capital city of Nairobi, is a 50-acre farm where approximately 60 children between the ages of 4 and 18 years live and thrive. In four separate houses, we provide loving care for children who desperately need a stable home.

Some of the children come to us as infants, often orphaned or abandoned by parents due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Sadly, many of the children in our care are HIV-positive. We also take in vulnerable girls from surrounding communities who would otherwise face cultural and social challenges such as underage marriage, sexual abuse, and lack of education.

The Esther House, like our other independence homes worldwide, was opened to meet the need for safe transitional housing for girls who grew up in our care. Before they re-enter society as an adult and carve out a life for themselves, they need guidance in building job and financial skills and other elements of responsible living. Though our legal responsibility to them ends when they are 18, our moral responsibility does not, and we do all we can to walk with them to confident, successful lives.

In addition to the daily care we provide at Karundas, we also seek to facilitate the building or rebuilding of relationships with trusted family members or guardians. These relationships are important for them, creating a family identity and emotional support that will be crucial in their young adult years. And most importantly, every child hears about the amazing grace of God, and how much He loves them.

Read latest information about Karundas here.

Hall Mead School

In 2006, a group of young people from Hall Mead School in England completely renovated a former stable into a school for our children at Karundas Children’s Home. Hence, the school was named in their honor. The school provides nursery and primary school education for our younger residential children from Karundas, along with poor children from the surrounding communities. In addition to a quality education, these kids receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch, uniforms, school supplies, and medical care.

The local community has a high number of children performing manual labor just to survive, and these children are often the breadwinners for an entire family unit. Driven by desperation to survive, they sometimes wander into our school in search of a meal or help for a dying relative.

Our goal is to offer them much more than the meal they were seeking. While we do not have residential services, we provide two or three meals every day. And we give them the opportunity for a great education that can help them achieve a brighter future. Currently, 280 children in Kindergarten through eighth grade are learning and growing here.

We recently purchased two buses which transport the school children. Before we had the buses, some children walked two hours each way to school every day. Now they save that energy and time for more study or helping their families with household tasks.

The county government has recognized Hall Mead School for its quality education. Because it is highly regarded, our school was identified as one to measure other schools against, and teachers are now sent to our school to learn how to improve.

Of course, we know that all the healthy meals and quality instruction can never be enough if the children do not know Jesus. We are committed to making sure each student hears daily about the love, mercy, and healing power that Jesus offers them.

Our Families Together community programme has supported more than one hundred families, enabling them to develop micro-enterprise activities that help them to become more self-sustaining and provide for their daily needs.

Read the latest update from Hall Mead here.

Kids Alive Boys' Centre

Located near Mt. Kenya, the Kids Alive Boys’ Home provides residential care to nearly 70 boys between the ages of 4 and 18. There are three houses where all of them experience a loving, stable home environment. Each boy attends a local school and most of them graduate from high school.

Boys in this home come from all over the country and a good number came from the streets, having run away from extreme circumstances. Due to their previous lifestyles in the streets, many of them are HIV-positive. All have a need for stability and healing from past difficulties.

In addition to education, they have opportunities to be involved in sports, music, and other activities, which help them to become well-rounded individuals. Kids Alive facilitates skill-building that will be valuable to them when they leave our residential care and live independently. Various farming activities, especially dairy farming, are a primary way the boys learn real-life responsibility.

An important part of helping the boys is working with the government to identify their families and support them as they build relationships with carefully identified relatives. This is critical for purposes of personal identity (a cultural necessity) and support as they fit back into their communities.

The Home also organizes a community program, providing education to children of needy families from the surrounding communities. Our goal is to care for as many children as we can, sharing the good news of the Gospel as often as we can.

Read an update from the Boys Home here.

Kids Alive Nyamarambe Children’s Home

The Nyamarambe Children’s home opened in 2004 in partnership with a local church whose leadership saw the needs of poor and vulnerable children in the area. Even in remote villages, HIV/AIDS has taken its toll, leaving the orphaned or abandoned struggling to survive. Upon opening, the home for both boys and girls quickly filled as two dozen children and loving, Christian house parents became a family.

Nyamarambe is still the smallest of our homes in Kenya, but we now care for 30 children between the ages of 3 and 18 in two separate houses. Because many of them were rescued from traumatic cult abuse, we believe it is important to keep the home sizes as small as possible.

Sadly, it is often a struggle to integrate these kids back into their communities, since they are considered outcasts after their abusive pasts. But with hard work and encouragement, we have seen families and relationships restored in many cases, and we will continue those efforts. Above all, these children need to learn about the love and healing that comes only from knowing and serving Jesus.

Read more from Nyamarambe here.

Mitaboni Children’s Home

Our Mitaboni Home cares for 60 boys and girls, ranging in age from 5 to 18. The majority of the children are orphans and came from the very poorest living conditions. For some, receiving one meal a day wasn’t even likely, and Kids Alive has made it possible for them not just to survive, but thrive.

While caring for their physical needs is crucial, the staff is committed to the spiritual growth of the children. It is a joy to see the older ones begin to lead worship or help with the younger children in Sunday school classes. The Mitaboni staff is grateful to see these kids growing and serving God and others.

Reaching out to help other needy children in the surrounding communities is important to our work. And as in our other Kenyan homes, Mitaboni is developing farming projects that provide food for the children in the home as well as income potential that helps provide for other needs. Demand for the greenhouse tomato production has been substantial, and we are also growing maize, pumpkins, potatoes, coffee, and bananas.

At Mitaboni, Kids Alive continues the mission to care for each child’s needs, and reach them with the good news about the love of Jesus. The love among the children here is evident and contagious, showing how Jesus brings healing and transforms lives.

Read more from Mitaboni here.

Kenya Simba Scholars

Situated in western Kenya near its borders with Uganda and Tanzania, the town of Kisii is home to Kids Alive’s vibrant Simba Scholars program. The program was started in 2011 by St. Joseph United Methodist Church in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and in 2015 the church joined with Kids Alive in an effort to strengthen and expand the work in this part of Kenya.

The goal of Kenya Simba Scholars is to raise at-risk children out of poverty by providing quality Christian education and an introduction to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through the avenue of sponsorship, Simba offers scholarships to needy Kenyan students who, without intervention, would lack the opportunity and tools to experience academic success.

Expanding educational opportunities for disadvantaged children doesn’t just help make their dreams come true – it means having tremendous impact and influence on the communities and ethnic groups these kids call home. The Simba Scholars program challenges participants to give back to their schools, communities, and country, “paying forward” the same opportunities for others.

Your £24/month sponsorship of one of our Simba Scholars provides tuition assistance, spiritual development, career guidance, and family and community support and interaction. You can either sponsor a specific child or support the program through a general sponsorship for the Simba program. If you sponsor a particular child, you will receive a photo and profile of your child, regular progress updates, the opportunity to correspond with your child as they grow and develop, and news of special opportunities to contribute to holiday gifts and events. (For more information about Hope for Kids' sponsorship, visit: https://www.hopeforkids.co.uk/child-sponsorship)

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