The aim of Wamumbi Orphan Care Foundation is to relieve the charitable needs of orphans and vulnerable children and their guardians in Wamumbi Orphan Care in Central Province of Kenya by such ways as the trustees think fit.
1. Chief Executive and Chairperson
After studying for a degree in Anthropology at Lampeter University, Genevieve went on to do an MSc in International Natural Resource Development at Bangor University in North Wales. While carrying out fieldwork for her thesis on coffee agroforest systems in 2007, Genevieve lived in Kangema town in the Central Highlands of Kenya for three months and became well acquainted with the local area. Since that time, she has revisited the area many times through research projects and has made good friendships there. After recognising a need within the community due to a high level of orphaned children, she co-founded Wamumbi Orphan Care with her colleague Martha in 2010 and they soon teamed up with others who had a similar vision and work ethic to ensure projects meet the needs of the target community. She then set up a UK based organisation to support the work of Wamumbi Orphan Care in Kenya and, in 2013, there was a name change to recognise the separate identity and role that Wamumbi Orphan Care Foundation plays.
After studying for a degree in Classics at University College London, and a post graduate degree in Medieval Archaeology at the University of York, Angharad moved to north Wales in 2008 to start her career as an Historic Environment Record Archaeologist at Gwynedd Archaeological Trust. Angharad has been involved with Wamumbi Orphan Care in a small way for a number of years in a fundraising capacity in the UK and became a trustee in 2015. She has helped to organise crafting and jewellery making afternoons, where people have come together to share skills and raise funds for our projects in Kenya by making jewellery to sell at local craft markets and charity events. Angharad is dedicated to helping Wamumbi Orphan Care Foundation realise its charitable aims and long term goals for the families we support in Kangema through our local partnership with Wamumbi Orphan Care.
Gareth Williams joined us in 2015 and lives in Stoke-on-Trent. He is an experienced fundraiser.
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Despite facing some challenges at the start of this year we are continuing to support our teenagers through secondary school and those doing vocational courses with money we have managed to fundraise from family and friends. We're in the process of making grant applications to ensure we can continue our work into the future. Sad news this month is that one of our grandmothers has passed away leaving behind the two siblings she was caring for, we will do our best to support them as they go through this difficult time.
We are currently supporting 15 teenagers through the third term of secondary school, with two more being sponsored by Equity Bank. In August we ran two sexual health workshops, one for our guardians and members of the wider community, and the other for all our teenagers 11yrs+. This was in collaboration with the ABCs of Sex Education who did a fantastic job, bringing a great sense of humour into an otherwise serious topic. We have also run four more successful workshops this year in April, May and August. Theatre, art, music and counselling through this medium is having a transformative effect on all our children. They are noticeably less depressed, more confident, and building strong relationships with their peers and guardians.
This month we're holding two workshops during the Easter holidays for our youngsters - one is a 10 day residential theatre and art therapy workshop and the other is a four day music workshop. We're excited to be able to give the children this opportunity to learn and grow in such creative spaces!