Agape Hope Children’s Home
Nairobi, Kenya
Current phase of support:

56 Boys

68 Girls

66 Double Orphans

28 Staff

390 Additional Children


(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)

Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya.

268.7  SQ. MILE         3,138,000  POP.

Agape is located in the Dagoretti Waithaka region of Nairobi. As in many large African cities, a host of issues plague the city of Nairobi. From the sewage-filled streets of the Kibera slum to crowded flats where abuse and alcoholism run rampant, many children fall to the wayside or are left in highly vulnerable situations. With the spread of HIV/AIDS and the stigma that surrounds it, many children orphaned by the disease are rejected by their extended families simply because their parent was HIV-positive and it is assumed they will bring the disease into the home. No matter how you look at it, children are extremely vulnerable in cities like Nairobi.

Agape Hope Children's Center offers a safe haven for those children.

The center began with a vision to assist the many orphans and vulnerable children in the area and give them a special place to call home. It was later realized that there were many other children within the community who were not attending school or receiving proper nutrition due to lack of finances or parental support. That's why Agape Hope began assisting struggling parents by providing free education and nutritional support to at-risk children in their region. Today, Agape is home to more than 100 orphaned children and provides nutritional and educational support to over 200 others as well.

Serving Orphans Worldwide travels to every orphanage we partner with to ensure needs are legitimate and 100% of funds distributed goes to the livelihood of the children.

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Agape's compound has dormitories, a greenhouse, and living facilities on one side, and several classrooms surrounding a large courtyard on the other. The children who live there can almost always be found playing in the courtyard or in the large open chapel facility.

6 prominent issues
Issues have been identified by children who have faced or escaped these struggles in their region of the world.

Abuse

7 out of 10 young adults in Kenya reported that they had been physically abused at least once before the age of 18.

Destitution

More than 40% of the Kenyan population lives under the national poverty line and the unemployment rate is more than 40%, as well.

HIV/AIDS

Of the 2.6 million orphaned children in Kenya, nearly 40% lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. In less educated areas, many of these children are abandoned out of fear of the disease.

Sex Trafficking

43% of girls in Kibera reported that their first sexual experience was forced. It is also common for girls to resort to prostitution in order to survive slum life.

Child Labor

More than 2.9 million children in Kenya are involved in child labor. Orphans are particularly vulnerable because of not having parental protection.

Alcoholism

More than 2.5 million people die annually of alcohol-related causes. The drink of choice for many poverty-stricken Kenyans is chang'aa, which literally means "kill me quick."

Home

Agape's compound has dormitories, a greenhouse, and living facilities on one side, and several classrooms surrounding a large courtyard on the other. The children who live there can almost always be found playing in the courtyard or in the large open chapel facility.

Health

A newly built greenhouse provides kale, tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetables for the children, while donations fulfill the rest of their needs. The children often come to the home severely malnourished or sick from abuse or neglect, but Agape does an exceptional job at rehabilitating these children and securing their health.

Faith

Agape Hope Center is a community based organization run on Christian principles and values. Directors Oliver and Maggie Chiraba host Sunday worship services each week and the children participate in small Bible study groups led by the older children each evening before bed.

Education

Agape provides quality education to more than 300 children between the residential students and those from the surrounding community. Many students walk from miles away to attend school at Agape because it is one of the only free education centers in the area.