As you may know Organic Surge sponsors the Baby Care Unit in Kenya’s Children’s Home, so as an Organic Surge volunteer I visited the home to better understand what it does and how it helps the local children. You can also see more images from my trip here - www.bpwphotography.com
The Children's Home is home to about 200 children, who range in age from just one day old up to 16 years old. These children have either been abandoned, orphaned or are from destitute families who couldn’t afford to support them.
The first place we visited was one of the many houses, which is typically run by a ‘mumma’ who parents up to 15 children kids of various ages. I found this to be an amazing because it actually mimics a real family home, whereas other orphanages tend to be set up in mass dormitories and the children don’t get the love, care and attention they desperately need.
Next we headed into the abandoned babies unit which literally ripped my heart out. The unit houses between 40-50 babies ranging from only one day old to two years old. I was overwhelmed at how such beauty could just be abandoned to fend for themselves, but then I also had a massive revelation that they were receiving all of the love and basic necessities that they would maybe never have received had they stayed with their biological parents.
The home also has it’s own fashion school and wood/metalwork school that provides an education both to the teenagers of the home and other kenyans that wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it, so that they can go out and earn a living for their families.
It costs about 50,000 Kenyan Shilling (KES) or £370 a year to feed, house, educate, provide medical care, emotional and spiritual welfare to just one child. That’s the equivalant of £31 a month and when you multiply that by 200 kids you see the sort of figures they’re up against just to keep the home running.
Charity does have a lot of negative connotations to it in terms of corruption but seeing the work first hand, the money really is making a difference in the lives of these amazing children. I really believe the way we eradicate poverty is by helping one person at a time.
I’ve seen for myself how, for the price of a few coffees a month, you can make a MASSIVE difference. To find out more or make a donation, please visit the Children's Home website below. Please share this information with your friends to help in our efforts to generate awareness.
Thanks so much Organic Surge for showing me first-hand how we can all make a difference