From the humble beginnings of wooden barracks which served as home for orphaned children in Kenya, Hope Community Centre now boasts not only separate brick dormitories houses for boys and girls built by emerge poverty free, but also a secondary school and a clinic on site.
Years ago, emerge poverty free funded the set up of the chicken farm to help with project sustainability. Now that farm has not only 200 chickens but also 16 cows, 30 sheep, 6 goats and 10 pigs! The orphanage feeds 200 children at least 3 meals per day and sends them to school. They also have 30 abandoned babies to look after.
The project continues to grow even now after our funding has moved on. This is thanks to the focus on sustainability by Lucy, Hope Community Centres manager and the sustainable approach and practices of emerge poverty free.
In this brutally poor area babies are sometimes abandoned at the local hospital by those without hope. At Hope Community Centre that is exactly what they get, plus a lot of love as they join a family with over 200 brothers and sisters.
Hope Community Centre has now built its own primary and secondary school which attracts children from the local community. Several of the orphans have even got scholarships to college and university.
It may start with only a few chickens for food, using them to help children understand about the care needed for animals, but with the right management it can soon grow.