Sunday 3rd June is a date to mark in your diaries. After the success of our Kumi Kommunity event at Seed of Hope in Nairobi, we are now planning the Kandara Edition. You are invited to join us for an open day at Kandara Children’s Home where you can meet the children and get involved with some activities including a football match against a team from Kibera.
Kandara Children’s Home is located about thirty minutes from Thika. Vision Africa has been working with this project since 2003 when we were asked to help the home as it was it a state of disrepair and in need of building renovations as well as support for the children. There are currently three projects based within the compound.
The main children’s home is home to around sixty five children ranging from four years to those in Form Four at secondary school. Seven of these are currently in boarding schools for secondary education and the remainder live at the home full time. Vision Africa supports these children in their education by seeking sponsors to help with secondary school fees and including a number of the children on our child sponsorship program. We are also supporting the staff to establish income generating activities (IGAs) that will support the running of the home. Check out a recent blog post to read about the children’s own efforts towards self-sustainability.
One of the IGAs started by Vision Africa is a school which caters for children from baby class to class three. All of the younger children from the home attend this school alongside fee-paying students from the local community. The school has been doing very well and was rated the third best ECD (Early Childhood Development) centre in the district last year.
Some of the children attending the ECD classes are from the St Andrews Baby Unit. This is another project that was initiated by Vision Africa and has cared for more the twenty five babies and toddlers since it opened in November 2007. These babies have come from a variety of backgrounds – some have been orphaned, others abandoned or rescued from desperate situations. In the past year, we have seen four children from the unit moving on to foster families as the first stage of the adoption process.
Kumi Kommunity – Kandara Edition is the perfect opportunity to learn more about our work with these projects and have some fun with the most important people there – the children!
We hope to see you there!
If you are interested in joining us, please get in touch. We plan to arrange transport from Nairobi for the day and would like to confirm numbers as soon as possible.(Please note there will be a charge for anyone using the transport we provide as we aim to keep our administration costs as low as possible to ensure that funds raised go to the projects we support.)