The orphanage, was was built in 2007 beside our school from the money raised by the Singing Children of Africa’s tour and provides a loving home for around 14 children many who have had a hard start in life. There are two dormitory style rooms, and good social space for the children to socialize as a family together.
The Orphanage allows children who would once have had to leave the area when a surviving parent dies, to remain within the community and attend school.
They are all very well cared for now with our loving housemother, Grace, who has been with educate the kids from the very beginning. Grace worked as a kindergarten teacher, and then head of kindergarten for many years. As a very trusted member of our team, Grace has been instramental in the development of the management in Kenya, she agreed to take on the role of the orphanage when our previous house mother Pamela left to get married, thus allowing her time to visit banks and lawyers on our behalf.
Quite a few of the singing children of Africa have come from the orphanage Moses, Festus, Andrew, Suliman are some off the names you may recognise. The environment in the orphanage is obviously good as the children school results have been great with many of them progressing to the top schools for secondary education.
As the charity was formed over 20 years ago (1998), we are fortunate to have grown up with some of the children and see what a difference it has made in the lives of so many. Maxwell moved into the orphanage when he was 7 years old and has flourished there. A very clever young man all grown up and fortunate to be sponsored through University by Christine & Dean from Somerset, has now graduated university and is back working at the school as a maths teacher until he continues with his education and goes on to study for his masters degree !
they received this lovely letter from him which we asked if we could share:
I finally got back to the orphanage having done all the examinations and they were not as difficult as I expected them to be or I might say I had prepared for them well.
In the university things are quite different when it comes to releasing the general results.It is always done so at the end of the whole academic year like if its the 1st year for someone like me. The individual lectures who are always fast in marking are the ones who at times bring back the marked papers in time. I’ll let you know about the results once I get hold of them. I am now planning to meet Mr Edward for the gift he has kept for me. I arrived in the orphanage and everybody was happy to meet their brother who has been away for some time and to my surprise even the new young ones who had joined the family this December managed to have a piece of my heart as the house was full of smiles all day from everyone. The journey was so long having spent 16 hrs in the bus travelling and by this I needed some rest but the love I received from my brothers and sisters made me active again. I also received the Christmas card you had left aunt Pamela with to give to me and I say thank you so much to everyone including papa Dean, sister Jenni and Suzy without forgetting brother Robert. Pass my regards to them and I wish you all a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.
Love you all. Xxx
You can give a monthly donation to make the lives of these little ones better, thank you.