Hope for the Children – Kenya
Current phase of support:
68 Double Orphans
178 Additional Children
(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)
Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya.
269 SQ. MILE 3,375,000 POP.
If you’re a child in this coffee plantation neighborhood, you’re lucky to have living parents; and even if you do, life is still very difficult. In this area, work on coffee plantations is the main source of income for most families. Sadly, children are often encouraged to forfeit school in hopes of receiving a working wage on the farms. In many cases there is little to no food at home, and children and/or parents feel that leaving their family behind is their only option. Many become orphans or street children because of this, vulnerable to abuse, drug addiction, involvement in criminal activities or contracting HIV/AIDS.
Hope for the Children has brought about change for their entire community.
When David Hinga, a Christian pastor, and his wife, Alice, began a ministry near the city of Nairobi in 1998, they were particularly troubled by the plight of children. They believed every little one deserved a nurturing childhood and a decent education. With malnourishment at critical levels, David decided that launching a daytime feeding program would make the most impact. His idea was first to provide the children with porridge and to eventually introduce them to learning activities. Not only are they impacting the lives of children, they are also touching each and every family in this neighborhood in various ways. Previously, they fought tooth and nail for parents to bring children to school rather than sending them to the farms to earn a wage. Now, parents line up to enroll their children in school, attend parents days and even church on Sundays. Health and hygiene in the community has improved and mothers willingly take their babies for immunizations and allow them to attend Sunday School.
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.
3 prominent issues
Issues have been identified by children who have faced or escaped these struggles in their region of the world.
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.
More than 40% of the Kenyan population lives under the national poverty line and the unemployment rate is more than 40%, as well.
More than 2.9 million children in Kenya are involved in child labor. Orphans are particularly vulnerable because of lack of parental protection.
At Hope for the Children, two large buildings serve as the center of their ministry. They contain classrooms for 1st through 12th grades, offices, and living quarters for residential children. They also have a daycare and kindergarten facility that is much smaller and a church onsite. The church currently doubles as a dining hall, as their new hall is unfinished.
The children typically eat porridge, ugali, rice, maize, beans, a wide variety of vegetables, and fruits on a daily basis. Their current budget allows them to eat eggs two to three times a week and meat on occasion. They also have a nurse that visits the home twice weekly and medical screening is done periodically to protect the children's health.
Hope for the Children ministers to the whole family, providing food and education to children whose families would otherwise be unable to provide these necessities. Ministering to these tangible needs has opened many doors to sharing the Gospel with their community. Through their Sunday services and outreach programs, they've planted a thriving church in this community and seen countless lives changed by an encounter with Gospel truth.
Educating more than 600 children is quite an undertaking for this ministry, but they are doing it with excellence and passion. They know that education is the only thing that will break the cycle of poverty for many of these orphaned and vulnerable children. Presently, they do still need supplies and funding to pay their staff more adequately and reduce turnover.