Kenya is often known for its stunning landscapes, diverse terrain, and fascinating wildlife. Yet, despite the beauty, there are whole host of underlying issues that adversely affect its citizens. Systemic problems such as high crime rates due to unemployment, lack of access to clean water and adequate social services makes the poor living conditions difficult to overcome. Kenya continues to be one of the most HIV affected countries in the world, with 1.6 million people currently affected by the disease and 62,000 new cases being reported in 2016. With as many as 36,000 AIDS related deaths, many children are left without family. Unfortunately, due to the stigma that surrounds these deaths, extended family are reluctant to care for these children because of fear that they might bring the disease into their homes.
The Kibera slum is the largest slum in Africa with over a quarter of Nairobi residents living there. With an estimated 60% of Nairobi’s population occupying only 6% of the land, living conditions are poor and unsanitary. There are a whole host of issues that affect the people living in the slum, including extreme poverty, substance abuse and addiction, disease and crime. There is no access to clean water, systems for sanitation, or services like healthcare or schools. This is because the land technically belongs to the government, and most of the people living there are unlawful tenants. Children who have been orphaned or abandoned in Kenya face many dangers, and rely on children’s homes like Agape Hope to provide immediate relief from the harsh realities they would otherwise face.
Wings of Compassion is a rescue home for teenage girls who are orphaned or extremely vulnerable. The home takes in pregnant girls who are typically between the ages of 11 to 15 years old. These young mothers typically come out of broken family units and have experienced absolute poverty, sexual abuse, exploitation, early sexual relationships, drug abuse and prostitution. These experiences have eroded their self-confidence and left them with a feeling of hopelessness. Wings of Compassion has an objective is to bring hope back into the lives of these mothers by offering them a safe home, food, clothing, counseling and parenting skills classes. Furthermore, this home encourages these girls to pursue an education and supports them from primary school all the way to college and vocational school. Wings of Compassion believes that through their services, these mothers will be empowered to become self-reliant and to provide their children with a bright future. At present, the home has supported 35 mothers who have successfully transitioned out of the home and are now completely self-reliant.
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.
Hi, I'm Jenicah! Age 15 Jenicah currently lives at Wings of Compassion in Kenya. Jenicah is…
Jenicah is a bright and energetic girl. Despite suffering through so many difficult circumstances, Jenicah has shown much strength and resilience. She is most passionate about her education. Jenicah’s favorite subject is social studies, and when she finishes school, she would love to become a lawyer.
Hi, I'm Miriam and this is my daughter, Salem! Miriam, age 17 and Salem, age 7…
Miriam, age 17 and Salem, age 7
Miriam is an energetic young mother. She is a major leader within the home. Apart from loving her daughter Salem, she also enjoys school. Her favorite school subjects are math and physics. When she finishes school, she would love to go to university and study law.
Hi, I'm Jane and this is my daughter, Vanessa! Jane and Vanessa currently live at Wings…
Jane and Vanessa currently live at Wings of Compassion in Kenya.
Jane is a sweet girl with a big personality. She can often come across as being shy and quiet, but when music comes on, she loves to sing and dance. Jane loves her daughter, Vanessa. She loves teaching her how to sing and dance with her. Jane's favorite class is science. She dreams of becoming a doctor one day.
Hi, I'm Linet and this is my son, Victor! Linet Age 15 and her son, Victor…
Linet Age 15 and her son, Victor 4
Linet is a young girl with a big, vibrant personality. Linet loves to sing and dance and play with her friends. Her son, Victor, shares the same big personality that she does. Linet is a great student, and her favorite class is science. When she grows up, she hopes to become a doctor.