Director Japheth Njenga
Formerly known as Shangilia Mtoto wa Africa, this project was founded and run by a Kenyan actress, Anne Wanjugu, for several years until her death. It continues to grow and develop, now caring for more than 170 children, with an age range from birth to 18 years. When they first arrive at the home most of the children are undisciplined and wild, needing intensive care and attention. Initially they have lessons on site until they are able to mix with other children in school in a structured setting. They are then able to go to local Primary Schools and Secondary Boarding Schools where they can be integrated with other children.
In addition to following the National Curriculum, the children learn to sing, dance, act, play musical instruments and do acrobatics and Tai Kwondo – visitors are always treated to an excellent performance. Their skills are developing and they are becoming well known performers in Nairobi hotels and schools, in the open air and further afield. Groups from the home have travelled to Germany and America where they have performed very well and helped to raise awareness about street children.
The conditions at the home in the Kangemi slum on the west side of Nairobi, have improved and they are also employing more staff to care for the children, including several housemothers and a nurse to help in the total care of the children. Classrooms and dormitories have been repainted, however the conditions remain very basic. Water is often rationed, even in Nairobi, causing huge problems – for cooking and drinking it is bought at high cost, but washing and cleaning have to wait!
They have acquired a large piece of land nearby which will be their eventual home and have plans for the development of the site to provide dormitories, dining areas, a theatre, offices and a school.
HUNAJEZA WOMEN’S GROUP PROJECT, JIBARA LOCATION, KALOLENI, NEAR MOMBASA
Chairperson Mrs Margaret Mkare
Karibuni Trust makes an annual grant to help this village women’s group to feed orphan children from nearby Nursery and Primary Schools. We have also given money for some health needs (cataract operations and glasses) and also school fees for a desperate child.
The women are mostly elderly widows and make their own contributions by growing and selling crops, selling water from a tank they have bought, making brooms and roof tiles from palm leaves and renting out large cooking pots for celebrations. With very few resources they have grown this project and are now feeding 80 children from Monday to Friday.
They have moved the project to Kaloleni Methodist Church, Tsunguni, where there is a stone building and more security, and where they have now built a good dining hall and kitchen with a grant from Karibuni Trust and money they have raised themselves. There is also an office and store and all the facilities will be shared with the church members and local community.
The women are preparing a proposal for a dressmaking project to run two sessions a day for a total of 10 students where young people who are unable to continue their formal education will be able to learn a skill to enable them to earn a living. They hope this will make a dramatic difference to the lives of the unemployed young people in the area.