WHAT WE DO CHILDREN'S HOMES IN KENYA
Martha Mwangi was a remarkable woman. Her husband is a successful businessman who operated a petrol distribution company and in the context of Kenya’s economy they were a family with some means. Martha was not the kind of woman who sat around and waited for someone else to get something moving. In her village in North East Kenya the impact of HIV/AIDS was so devastating it moved her to take compassionate action.
One of the cruelest consequences of AIDS is the impact on children who lose parents to the disease and are left exposed to the already harsh realities of life in Africa. AIDS orphans in Sub Sahara Africa are not in short supply. Martha decided to use her family property to build an AIDS Orphanage and provide food and housing, education, and health care to AIDS orphans in her village.
There are different definitions of AIDS orphans in Africa. The loss of one parent is so sever on the extended family the child is considered an AIDS orphan if only one parent has been lost to AIDS. When both parents are lost the burden falls to aunts and uncles and great nephews to help out, but often there are so many relatives lost to AIDS in the larger family units, the burden becomes unmanageable in a society wracked with poverty and illiteracy.
The Pomoja Orphanage was born in 2004 out of Martha’s (affectionately known by the children as “Mother”) dedication and will to protect these most vulnerable children. By 2009 Pomoja had grown to 40 children who are provided with housing, food, education and medical attention according to their individual needs.
Martha decided to set the standard for her orphanages at the most sever definition. Her orphanage would accept children who had not only lost both parents to AIDS, but who themselves were HIV positive (30 children are HIV positive and 20 are on ARV drugs) and need ongoing health supervision.
In July 2009 Martha died suddenly and unexpectedly of stomach cancer and left the fate of these 40 orphans in doubt. Without Martha’s personal commitment to these children there was a huge vacuum to be filled. This many HIV positive children would be very difficult to integrate into existing orphanages and the special attention needed to supervise so many individual children’s unique medication and health needs (outside the walls of Pomoja) created an urgent necessity.
The local community is organizing to create a board of directors to oversee the long-term maintenance of Pomoja Orphanage, drawing on local Tribal, Government and Christian leaders and their strained resources to provide ongoing funding for Pomoja. A request was made to Children’s Hunger Relief Fund to assist by funding a medical assistance team to oversee the health needs of the children for 12 months while the local community leaders pulled together funding sources to keep the children together and cared for. CHRF’s contribution to extend medical supervision through a reliable local medical initiative we also fund helps to make the future for these 40 children more optimistic.
Samaritan Homeless Children's Center ( Kenya )
Ethnic bloodshed and terror in Kenya have been the result of a disputed election in December 2007. More than 900 people have been killed and 300,000 have been uprooted in violence from their homes, many of which have been torched.
The displaced people who were forced out of their homes with only the clothes on their back are living in makeshift camps. Life in these camps is treacherous, especially with women and children being abused. The cold and rain without proper shelter is causing additional suffering.
Although the children at our Samaritan Children’s Centers and staff at Lifewater Kenya are safe, they have still been affected by these protests.
Feeding programs, health clinics and water projects in various areas have been temporarily stopped.
The Director of the water development program said, “Some projects cannot be done at this time for they are in areas where if you do not belong to that tribe you might end up losing your life. … Currently we are doing first the projects near us due to the safety of our staff.”
These eleven children from Nakuru Showground field were the first of many that have been saved and brought to our Samaritan Children’s Center. The children are either orphans or don’t know if their parents are dead or alive. All of these children are now receiving food, housing, an education and medical care — Thanks to you!
We are assisting displaced people where possible, especially through feeding programs and finding a safe place to stay. Food, clothing and kitchen wares are being provided to help with this transition.
HOW LOVE SAVED FOUR CHILDREN
As apart of Children Hunger Relief Fund’s goal to save children’s lives and prevent them from abuse we have founded orphanages and schools all over the world, which we have affectionately named the Samaritan Centers. Susan, Sarah, Simon and Michael are four remarkable children at the Samaritan Center in Kenya. Each of them has a powerful story to share, and if it wasn’t for our generous donors, they probably wouldn’t be alive today to share them.
Susan & Sarah:
“My Uncle who had agreed to care for me as my dad… pushed me out of my bed, undressed me and raped me mercilessly then left me there.”
Similarly, Sarah lost her mother at age seven and was forced to live with her violently abusive father who threatened to kill her and her siblings if they were to tell anyone of his nightly sexual attacks.
“As soon as we started forgetting the pain of losing our dear mother, things started changing, dad became so harsh and cruel to us. He used to call us one by one and rape us threatening to kill any of us who leaked stories.”
Simon & Michael:
Simon was chased away and beaten by his own family as a young boy. Not many of us can even fathom what emotional devastation this would cause a young child. After being chased away he was forced to live on the streets in unrelenting hunger and become a street beggar.
After the death of his mother, Michael moved in with his Aunt. Although he was not beaten or sexually abused by his caretaker as the others were, Michael’s aunt could not afford to feed him and asked him to leave. With nowhere else to go, Michael had to live his life on the streets.
Life changed for each of these children when they came to the Samaritan Center. Susan found someone to help her and take her to the hospital. She now lives in a loving place without fear of abuse.
For the first time, Simon feels he is in a safe place where he does not need to run away. He now has hope for a healthy life and a family of his own one-day.
Michael found his way to the Samaritan Center and is now having a great time in the nurturing community with plenty of other children to play with and caretakers who love him.
The children at the Samaritan Center are able to be there because of you. And because of you, their voices have been heard and action has been taken. Thank you for taking the time to listen to the children who have been silenced and ignored.
Our hope, however, is to provide more than just a voice to these children. It is our desire to take action and give them a future and a hope by extending resources and sharing your love. You have heard their voices; will you help us take action?
Saving the World – One Child at a Time…: Amos' Story
Amos used to live on the streets, scavenging for food in the city rubbish dumps along with the other street children -- and the rats and stray dogs. All he had was the clothes on his back. He never thought about the future. It was all he could do to survive. Somehow Amos found his way to our Samaritan Center in Nairobi. As you can see from the picture, his life has been transformed. He is now a happy, laughing child who wants “to grow up and become a good man.” Thanks to Good Samaritans like you, Amos will now have that opportunity.
Samaritan Homeless Children's Center
It began in a single cramped room when two Good Samaritan teachers chose not to "look the other way". Moved by the plight of the scores of abandoned children living in their streets, they began to provide a place for them to receive a hot meal and some basic schooling.
Unfortunately, the children had to return to the streets at night because there was no where for them to sleep. This was heart-breaking to the teachers.
Enter a few more Good Samaritans in the form of donors like yourself. Children's Hunger Relief Fund collected enough donations to help purchase land and building materials and a home for the children was established. Twenty former street children now have a nurturing environment in which to grow and develop. Hundreds more receive regular nutritious meals.
The teachers' dream is to provide all of these precious children with a permanent home. This is not an impossible dream. We just need a few more Good Samaritans.
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