We registered Wamumbi Orphan Care as a community based organisation with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Developments in Murang’a District, Central Highlands of Kenya, on the 7th October 2010. We are building on our small beginnings gradually to make it a sustainable effort in the long term.
We offer assistance where it's most needed. We hold meetings and workshops to provide counselling and trainings to orphaned children and their guardians, and necessary foodstuffs, clothes and school fees. Sources of funds have so far been limited to members and well-wishers but we are working towards making the organisation increasingly self-reliant by building a resource centre to operate our planned activities from; this would be used to hold trainings, meetings, and income generating activities.
We started cultivating three acres of land in September 2011 (see above right picture) owned by our co-founder Martha, and we have been sharing the harvest with our members and aim to sell a portion of the produce to raise funds for our building project. Trees have been planted alongside beans, maize, potatoes and banana. There is a large area under coffee which will be ready for harvesting over the coming year. This land has already been used to run nutritional homegarden workshops as part of the training we are providing for our members.
Our vision is to build a purpose built drop-in centre for orphaned children in the local area and cultivate food crops, fuelwood and timber to meet the centre's needs.
Meet the members of the organisation and just a few of the people we've helped thanks to the continual efforts and support we've received.
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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!