Huruma Children’s Home & School is in Ngong town in the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya.

Where many children are orphans or live in families that are not able to care for them at all.

Huruma Children’s Home, Ngong, Kenya

Since 1989, Huruma Children’s Home has grown from 6 children living with Mama and her family in the family’s mud home to today, where 100 + children reside with her full-time.  There are now dormitories where each child has their own bed. In 1989, the children attended school to Gr. 8 only in a hot tin building, now they are in a two-story cinder block building that goes to Form 4 (Grade 12). The children used to take their meals eating on the floor but now they eat in a very large dining room where everyone eats together and has a place to sit.  The home also has their own Church on the site. This allows citizens from the surrounding areas to come and celebrate their faith with Huruma’s children.

About Mama Zipporah:

Mama Zipporah was born and raised in Kenya. She established Huruma Children’s Home with the help of her husband, Pastor Isaac Kamau, to protect those children who, like herself as a child, had nowhere else to turn.
Mama continues to take in children.  The home has, in the past, over 200 children/youth living full time with her, Currently, due to her health issues, she has just over 100 youth and children. .  She still takes in 50+ children from the slums of Ngong to Huruma each school day. This allows them to get their education, as well as a meal. When it is discussed with her about when she will put a stop to the admission of children to Huruma, she is very thoughtful. When her health improves, she will again open her doors to the children in need as she worries about where would these children go, if not for Huruma.

We want to share very worrisome news regarding a recent medical diagnosis of Mama Zipporah.  (Updated March 11 2019)  READ MORE…

Their Stories:

Blessing  was neglected. Her birth mother was an alcoholic. She was placed at Huruma for care and protection for a period of six months.  Child still in residence.

 

Brian is in Grade 5.  He was placed at Huruma for care and protection by Kibera law courts after the father sexually assaulted his step sister. The father was jailed for 18 years and there was no one to take care of him since the mother had died.

 

Ann is in Form 2 (Grade 10).  She was placed in Huruma after the closure of Sidai Children’s Centre.

 

Huruma Children’s Trust Fund (Canada)

Report From Board Of Directors

August 2019:

It is with great excitement  that we announce another group of Canadian volunteers who will be travelling to Huruma Children’s Home in Ngong, Kenya this coming January and February 2020!   Our group consists of 6 adults (Nancy, Fran, Jan, Marg, Mike and Donna) with backgrounds in teaching, therapy and community development.  Our time at Huruma will be focused in the classroom, the library and assisting Huruma’s social worker with therapy issues.  We will also be in touch with Mama regarding a project that we could engage the children with while we are there.  Examples to be discussed will be painting some of the classrooms, etc.

Kenya has no social service network. As has been mentioned before, the children are admitted to Huruma from the police and from the hospitals, as well as fromtheir families,  but there are no financial supports given from the government to aid in the cost of the day to day care of these children, including their food, lodging, clothing, education, and health care. It has been my experience when at Huruma, that in the mornings, often there is no food or money to buy food, therefore monies need to be raised and received daily. As you may know, our charity’s mandate is to raise money to send to Huruma on a regular basis.  So, if you are approached  regarding fundraising projects, or to provide a donation, please consider it.  Please note all Canadian donations receive a Canadian Charitable Tax receipt.   

On August 27, 2019, a Canadian dollar was worth 77,90 Kenyan shillings.   An example of the costs of caring for the children is food.  The annual food cost is 5,165,000 Kenyan shillings.  That is $66,343.68 Canadian dollars.  The home ensures every child (including the day students) receive a protein based porridge daily.  The cost of this is 1.25 Canadian per kilo and they buy 500 Kg. per month to meet this important need.  A further example of expenses is the cost of a child’s school uniform.  It costs 5,165.00 Kenyan shillings.  In Canadian dollars it is 66.33. Due to the fluctuation  of the Kenyan shilling, these costs are up considerably in Canadian dollars, since 2017.. The children wear their uniforms until they wear out, or they outgrow them.   

 All of the money raised in Canada goes directly to Huruma.  There are no management costs, as we are all volunteers.

 It is our hope that you consider Huruma Children’s Trust (Canada) as a recipient of your generosity.    

Sincerely,

 

Huruma Children’s Trust (Canada) Board of Directors.

It is wonderful at this time to report on Mama Zipporah’s irrigation system. She has been adamant that if she could get her 6 acre garden developed, she could, not only feed the children, without it costing extra money, but her hope is that she would be able to sell the extra beans and vegetables at the local market. This piece of land which is off site from the Children’s Home, was gifted to Mama by a very generous supporter.
These first steps to aid her in meeting her goals of irrigating the land were supported financially by Canadians. Attached, please view the video of the irrigation system at the farm.
Please keep Mama Zipporah and her children in your prayers.

In April 2014 Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) granted Canadian Charitable Status to Huruma Children’s Trust (Canada).  Our charitable number is:   830771770RR0001.  All Canadian donations receive a Canadian taxable receipt for income tax purposes.

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Huruma Children’s Trust (Canada)
165 4th Street East, Collingwood,
Ontario, Canada, L9Y 1T9.

E-mail: donnamansfield25@yahoo.ca

Tel: 705 445 9894  

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