We care for families in several ways:
- Nutritional care: Weekly food rations for each child are monitored carefully to make sure the food really reaches the mouths of each of our children.
- Educational care: We make sure each child has the uniform, books and funds needed to attend school.
- Medical and other needs: Some children sleep on the cold floor and we strive to provide essentials like a soft mattress and basic medical care.
- Spiritual care: Every Saturday, local church members gather with our kids and their guardians to provide kids’ games, stories and activities. We love the kids and show them God’s love during the week and in Saturday meetings.
- Professional Training and Income-Generating Activity: Guardians meet on Saturdays for fellowship and income-generating projects such as detergent-making (for local businesses). Our goal is to see our community of people in similar situations pull together to create something sustainable for themselves and their families.
How we do what we do
A One Acre Field at Ruai
Though the rains have not been promising, the guardians have been working on a piece of land and have so far been able to harvest some 50 kg beans that were distributed to the guardians to feed the orphans. This field will be used to keep farm animals like dairy cows and goats and do some irrigation on a vegetable garden in the near future.
A Chicken Project at Mwiki
The guardians of our children, mostly grandparents, also have a chicken project where they keep 50 chickens. These are a local breed which have a stronger resistance to diseases and have a good market price. If we have many, we can sell and support the orphans. The eggs are collected during weekdays and given to the guardians depending on the number of orphans under their care. The project is expected to expand in six months time.
Division of Labour and Accountability
The guardians have their own small committees that help to monitor how the food is being used in the homes and report anyone who is not following the rules and regulations of the program . These small committees are responsible for visiting families, recording needs (uniform/bedding/books/medical, the needs vary) and making sure each child is truly taken care of. These are communicated to the coordinator, (Henry) who makes visits to the homes at unexpected days or time to make sure that all is running well. These committees also help in identifying other very needy cases and report to the coordinator, who makes a follow up to verify the need and nature of the situation.