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Dorcas children home is located in Kinango town, Kwale district in the coastal province of Kenya, East Africa. Founded by pastor Jonathan Khakala and Mrs. Claris Mbeyu Kitty, the Dorcas children´s home (DCH) was born out of compassion in 2005 during a four year drought when the parents of six local children died. With no assurance that the children would be found a safe environment, Jonathan and his wife Claris took the children into their home and cared for for them. Shortly after, the Kinango District officer (local government) asked that Jonathan and Claris take in a further three children, followed by another child brought to them by a local policeman. The home of Jonathan and Claris, with only two rooms soon became unfit for its new purpose. Prior to 2005 a local missionary group, "youth on a mission" had left the area leaving an eight room property and land. On hearing about the children they donated the land and property to the children's home and so it began, with no funding other than donations from Jonathan's Redeemed gospel church service they began to restore the building.

Did you know... The majority of orphanages in Kenya are run as a profitable business, with a suspected 60% to 75% of all donations going into the bank accounts of the owners and not to help the children.

The tin roof had been stolen along with the doors and windows, and anything of any value whilst the property was left vacant. To this day (Nov 2010) the home with 21 children has a few doors, all of which lead outside, very few windows (glass is not used, decorative steal and mesh is used in the construction of the windows for security and keep disease carrying insects out). The majority of the building (60ft x 45ft) has a new roof and has been made structurally safe however the quality of the work carried out is relative to the very small budget, there is still much to do to make the children's home safe and secure. On completion the home will accommodate fifty orphans with the intention of continuous expansion. Central Kinango is home to over 8000 people, with an estimated 200,000 within the district. Government statistics show 23% of the Kinango people are infected with HIV. Dorcas children's home is the only orphanage in the area. The goal of the home is to develop and care for disadvantaged children (orphans) in the Kinango community. Develop the children into balanced and dependable people who are ready to develop themselves and their own community. To enable them to realize their full potential and to help them enjoy a normal life just like any other human being through counselling , education and spiritual guidance so they can fit in society when they become self reliant. The Kinango district is a semi arid area with rainfalls below 450ml per annum hence suffers from a perennial food shortage and constant water shortage. Poor infrastructure, traditions characterized by illiteracy, witchcraft, polygamy and wife inheritance among other ills have resulted into high poverty levels and HIV/AIDS and orphaned children prone to sexual abuse and child labour.

The children at Dorcas children's home desperately need new bedding and mattresses. 21 children currently live at the home, its our hope we can provide the mattresses and bedding in time for Christmas 2010. • Bedding. The mattresses and bedding the children use are not fit for there use, originally 2nd hand, of very poor quality and are now rotting and a hazard to the children's health. 21 children need new mattresses and bedding, it is our hope we can provide these before Christmas 2010. A new durable mattress and sufficient bedding for each child is 5550 Kenyan shillings (69USD / 43GBP / 50Euro approx, as of 13th Nov 2010 exchange rates). Can you help.. All donations are received as a blessing regardless of amount. Please if you can... Help the children of Kinango

The home continues to integrate more orphans from the community for protection and development. The home is dedicated to provide the orphans with the following basic needs: • Safe environment - To protect the children from abuse, child labour, early marriage and disease. • Food & water - To ensure the children have a healthy balanced diet and safe drinking water. • Health care - Making sure the children reseave preventative medications and treatment when required. • Education - to provide uniforms and educational material through primary and sponsorship through secondary education • Life skills training - providing basic life skills and trade skills through the local polytechnic • Spiritual counselling - to mentor and educate, and to bring peace into the hearts and minds of the children,

OBJECTIVES

Dorcas children home [DCH] is serving as God's instrument as shown in the BIBLE ACTS 9:36-39 and JAMES 1:6-7

• We will endeavour to extend God's compassion to the orphans by providing food, clothes, housing and health care. • To develop the children and enable them to realize their full potential and help them enjoy normal life just like any other human being by counselling, education and spiritual guidance. • The home shall continue to integrate more orphans from the community for protection and development expanding the building and resources where necessary

ACHIEVEMENTS • Children have gone back to school and those who had never been to school are now going to school. (Primary education only, secondary is requires sponsorship due to the high costs involved.( to date only 3 children have received secondary • Their physical health improves continuously. • Their mental health shows continued improvement, those who were once street children, sexual abused etc have taken great steps to adjust to a safe and rewarding environment. • They now have a shelter, and regular supply of food and water. • We have a few friends and local community based organizations which have helped us through providing food supplements and clothes. • We have developed a small farm where we have been able to produce maize, sweet potatoes and vegetables towards helping us in sustaining the children. (dependent on rain fall) • Three children have obtained sponsorship and joined high school, Boy Bavu, Christine Kazungu and Nadzua Bavu.( sponsorship comes from different organisations which cater for school fees only both in primary and secondary school. • The home has been given a plot about three acres by a Christian organisation called Youth With A Mission. In the plot there is a building measuring 60 feet by 45 feet, and sufficient land to create a profitable farm.

CHALLENGES

(as of 13th Nov 2010, relative to current circumstance)

The Kinango district is a semi arid area with rainfalls below 450ml per annum hence suffers from a perennial food shortage and constant water shortage. Poor infrastructure, traditions characterized by illiteracy, witchcraft, polygamy and wife inheritance among other ills have resulted into high poverty levels, a HIV/AIDS epidemic and orphaned children prone to sexual abuse and child labour.

Dorcas childrens home, Kinango.

• Bedding. The mattresses and bedding the children use are not fit for there use, originally 2nd hand, of very poor quality and are now rotting and a hazard to the children's health. 21 children need new mattresses and bedding, it is our hope we can provide these before Christmas 2010. A new durable mattress and sufficient bedding for each child is 5550 Kenyan shillings (69USD / 43GBP / 50Euro approx, as of 13th Nov 2010 exchange rates). • Primary education. Whilst primary education is paid for by the government, the cost of school uniforms and educational materials such as books and pens are very difficult to meet. With your support we can cater for the children's educational needs, allowing the children to attend primary school without fear of being ridiculed due to their circumstance and giving them the tools they need to succeed. (costs vary depending on the child's requirements, current situation). • Food & Water. The Dorcas children's home has an ongoing agricultural project growing fruit and vegetables on a small scale, supplemented by charitable giving from the local community and church. With your support we can expand the agricultural project, collect, purify and store water through water harvesting methods. • Medicine. Medicine can be very costly, and where possible we try to use more affordable preventative medicines such as malaria tablets but this whilst a necessity is very often a luxury with several children each every year becoming infected. Please note the health and safety of the children is our priority, medicine is always provided to the sick however difficult the circumstance. You can help prevent unnecessary illness

SUPPORT - Project sustainability Dorcas children´s home has several plans to sustain itself once donors provide the project with initial investment. The project will be sustained by involving the community in the project by employing the locals in the running of the project. Dorcas children´s home will be also involved in income generating activities as stated below. • Growing and selling of farm products, providing food for the children and income for the home. This will reduce the dependency on donors. Whilst dependent on rain fall we are currently growing maize, beans and vegetables in small scale farming which has been providing food for the orphans. • In 2012 we hope to raise sufficient funds to buy a plough and bull for our own use and to hire to local people further reducing the dependency on donors. • The orphans are involved in making art work, ie. bead work for necklaces, table mats, wall hangings and tie and dye clothes. It is our hope to support children's artistic enthusiasm, providing a fun and creative environment whilst learning new skills that allow them to become that little more self reliant. • Already the project has been involved actively in growing maize, beans and vegetables in small scale farming which has been providing food for the orphans. If you have any comments, questions or you are in a position to help, please email: paulmoore1973@gmail.com or telephone (+254) 0717475447 Every penny raised here will go straight into the hands of the children, no one will ever profit from our fund raising and all expenses incurred by those in raising awareness are fully funded by individuals separate from any fund raising here.

Kinango Project © 2010 research and web site development is fully funded by Priority Freight Ltd


JOSEPH MUTEKE. He is 9 years old. Both of his parents died of HIV and he was left with his poor widowed old grandmother about sixty years old whose right hand was chopped off after she was involved in an accident. He needs financial assistance for his education food and health services.

LEAH MUTEKE. She is 9 years old, sister to joseph (above) Both of her parents died of HIV and she was left with her poor widowed old grandmother about sixty years old whose right hand was chopped off after she was involved in an accident. She needs financial assistance for her education food and health services.

CHARITY EGA. She is 4 years old. Her mother is a divorcee, total orphan, is suffering from HIV / Aids and is mentally ill. She was seen with her mother in the hospital while my wife had been hospitalized with my last born. When she asked about them, she found out that the young girl had no future because her mother was sick and there was no one to take care of the girl. She talked with her mother and her mother was ready to give us her baby because she could not take care of her. Charity needs total parental care and education. We are asking any well wisher to assist her.Thank you. Jonathan.

ESTHER NYAWA. She is 12 years old. She is in class four the year 2008 both her parents died of HIV Aids and was living with her grandfather who is about 78 years old. She was doing most of the work at home because her grandmother had passed away. She needs financial assistance for her education and other necessities.

KAZUNGU MAITHA. He is 4 years old. He needs financial assistance for education, food, health services and other necessities.

MAGDALENE C MWAMULEU. She is 18 years old, both parents died of unknown disease and was left with very poor relatives who could not educate her. She is in class five and she needs financial assistance for her education food, health services and other necessities.

DANIEL NYERERA. He is ten years old. Both his parents died of HIV Aids and she was left with her young sister who was taken by another opharnage but was rejected because he was a boy. He was brought by his uncle to our home and we admitted Him. He is now in class one. He needs financial assistance for his education, medical servises and other

CHRISTINE KAZUNGU. She is 21 years old. Her father died HIV/AIDS and her mother is sufering of the same.She was class 8 dropout because she could not contiue with high education. She repeated class 8 last year and she joined high school this year 2008. She needs financial assistance for school fees and other necessities.

TABU F. KIMEU. She is 20 years old and she dropped out of school in class three so that she could take care of her sick mother. Later on her mother died and her father deserted them. She was left with two brothers to take care of. She was employed so that she could pay house rent and feed her young brothers. She is currently in youth polytechnic taking tailoring course. She needs financial assistance for school fees and other necessities.

RAMA MWADALU. He is 26 years old. His father was a Muslim and practiced witchcraft. The father died and the mother is very poor and suffering from unknown disease. He has a responsibility of taking care of four young brothers. He dropped school as early as standard four and is not working. We are planning to take him to the youth polytechnic next year. He is married and is living in Mombasa town.

OMARI J. MWADALU. He is 23 years old. He was a Muslim and practiced witchcraft with his late father. He dropped school in class 3; we trained him in the youth polytechnic as a mason and graduated in 2004. He is now born again and very active in preaching and playing church keyboard. He got married the year 2007 and is living happily with his family.

NADZUA BAVU. She is 21 years old. Her mother died of AIDS and her father is not working and ailing of the same disease. She has a Muslim background but now she is a born again Christian. She had to repeat class 7 because the father was not able to take her through to high school due to his condition. When her mother died, she was left to take care of her five young brethren. Nadzua is a very hardworking and devoted Christian girl. She joined high school the year 2008 and she is sponsored by Verkaat Foundation but she needs financial support for her upkeep.

NYAMAWI P. MWADALU. He is 20 years old and a young brother to Rama. He dropped out from school while in class three. He comes from a Muslim background but now he is a born again Christian. We are planning to take him back to school next year. He needs financial assistance for school fees, uniforms and other necessities.

MWAKA H. BAVU. She is 11 years old, the youngest in Bavu’s family. She lacks parental love and care. She is sponsored by Compassion International which caters for school fees and health services only so she needs financial assistance for her upkeep.

MATANO G. KIMEU. He is 16 years old young brother to Tabu. He needs financial assistance for school fees, food and health services.

GUO S. BAVU. He is 16 years old. Younger brother of BOI. He needs financial assistance for school fees, food, and health services.

DELE N. MWADALU. He is 11 years old and young brother to Nyamawi. He dropped out of school in class one. We are planning to take him back to school next year. He needs to be assisted with school fees and uniforms.

CHAKA J. TSUMA. He is 21 years old. His mother and three sisters died when he was young. His father was murdered and he was left with his brother who is dumb. He has been struggling for survival until he joined our home. He is a born again Christian and he needs help so that he can continue with education.

BOI P. BAVU. BOI is 20 years old young brother of Nadzua. He managed to get some assistance from government officials to get to the High School. He is sponsored by American Embassy for sponsorship, which caters for only school fees. He needs financial assistance to cater for other necessities.

ALI Z. MWADALU. He is 13 years old and a young brother to Dele. He has never been to school. We are planning to take him to school next year. He is sponsored by Compassion International for his education and health services only. He needs financial assistance for His upkeep.

MBODZE P. BAVU. She is 19 years old young sister to BOI. She is a born again Christian and very active in the ministry. She needs financial assistance for her upkeep.

MATANO J. BAVU. He is 14 years old. He is the younger brother of GUO. He is sponsored by Plan International (NGO) which is promising to sponsor his higher education but now is not getting any assistance from the organisation. He needs financial support for his upkeep.

RAI A. MBEGA. He is 14 years old. His father died from a road accident and his mother is very poor and suffering from Aids. Since his mother could not take care of him and the other children, he dropped out from school and became a street boy. Many times he has been taken to police on theft cases. Since he was brought to our home he has reformed and now is in class two and doing very well. He is sponsored by Compasion International for His education and health status but needs financial assistance for food, school books and other necessities.

BAHATISHA D KIMEU. He is 11 years old and the last child of Kimeu’s family. He got sponsorship from Compassion International which is helping in education and health status but He needs financial assistance to cater for school books, food, and other necessities.

If you have any comments, questions or you are in a position to help, please email: paulmoore1973@gmail.com or telephone (+254) 0717475447 Every penny raised here will go straight into the hands of the children, no one will ever profit from our fund raising and all expenses incurred by those in raising awareness are fully funded by individuals separate from any fund raising here.

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