Back in 2006, Rev. Humphrey Muthengi Kanga had a vision of building a seminary in Chuka Meru, Kenya. A simple task really, a building. But it morphed into a greater calling, an orphanage. At the time, there was a large problem of children living on the streets and many found themselves without parents due to the widespread problem of AIDS. In 2007, more than a building was built, we built a HOME a place for children who have lost everything can grow up strong in a loving family style home environment as independent God fearing individuals. The dream became reality and with the second home completed in 2012, we were able to fill these 2 homes with twenty eight beautiful children and two mamas and Aunt Pauline and Teacher Jane.
The children are now a true family in a place where they are loved, nurtured, educated and, most importantly, learning about the LOVE God has for them.
Not only does the home serve the children who live there but we assist the Kenyan Child Services, a government agency, by providing temporary home space for children who suddenly find themselves abandoned or who are taken from their family environment by local Govt. authorities. These children stay for a short period of time until suitable living arrangements can be found for them or the courts make a decision on how to handle their situations. It’s a place of peace and acceptance for them in a time in their life that is anything but.
The problem continues for children in Kenya. Although the economy is stable, there are many areas where daily living is barely sustainable and parents have lost their lives, leaving children to raise other children or be dispersed among remaining family members or worse picked up by evil people for personal purposes. Although we cannot house them all and take care of them all, we provide assistance in the way of food, school fees and medical assistance to over 180 children in rural areas; see the Children’s page for more information.
It costs $25,000 a year to run a home; not bad by American standards. This includes the utilities and the salaries for the Mamas, Auntie, Night Watchman, social worker and administrative assistant. If you cannot commit to or are not comfortable with the child sponsorship, perhaps you can give $30-$40-$200 or whatever your budget can afford to the annual housing fund.
Your monthly donation to the care and upkeep of the homes can make a difference. It can result in maintaining of monthly supplies and food, playground repair, utility payments and replacement of equipment as it wears out.
It’s a beautiful and busy place, come with us to see it; you will be blessed the rest of your days!