Our founding project, Nyumbani Kwetu Home, supports 15 children of various ages. Nyumbani Kwetu means “our place”. The children were abandoned to their grandmother’s care, who was unable to provide even regular food or medical attention. Today they have all the nutrition and health care they need, as well as uninterrupted education. All living expenses, medical care, child care and schooling is handled by Elimu.
These children do not see themselves as orphans. They are a family. Rather than cutting family ties, which happens with official children’s homes, family members stay involved. Their housemother is an actual relative of the children. Extended family members have also played their roles. Collectively they provide family heritage and carry on important traditions, while Elimu provides good quality education and a stable and healthy living environment for the children to grow their self-esteem, confidence and physical and mental health. Three have graduated from high school — and are the first in their families to do so.