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.
Currently there are 160 children that reside at Huruma. She continues to take in children from the slums of Ngong to Huruma each school day. Currently there are 90 children benefiting from this. This allows them to get their education, as well as a main meal. In the past, when it is discussed with her about when she will put top number to the admission of children to Huruma, she is very thoughtful as she worries about where the children would go, if not to Huruma.
We want to share very good news regarding a recent medical diagnosis of Mama Zipporah. (Updated Feb 5, 2020) READ MORE…
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.
Huruma Children’s Trust Fund (Canada)
Report From Board Of Directors
February 5, 2020
Welcome from Huruma Children’s Home in Ngong, Kenya! We all arrived safely and are now engaged in aiding in the care and education of all the children. Currently there are 160 children residing in residence and 90 more come in from the surrounding area each day to receive their education and their main meal.
We were all pleased to be greeted by Mama Zipporah.
And we were very happy to see and hear how well she is doing. She reports that her cancer is in remission and she credits her belief in God in allowing that to happen.
Every day we fall in love with more and more of the children. We are in awe of them, how happy they are and how they find joy in the very littlest of things.
Huruma was recently the benefactor of a bequeath. Mama has invested this in 51 solar panels which she strategically placed on the dining room roof.
Also, training in the trades has been introduced into the curriculum. Currently there is training in welding, and in sewing. Very exciting to see. They are aware there is the need for trades in the country, so that is a focus at this time, not necessarily the need to go on to post secondary.
January and February are usually Kenya’s hottest months. The people usually prepare their fields and plant their crops and wait for the rains to come in April. They have had unusual weather this year, with torrential rains at times, making it difficult for them to meet their historical time lines. They too are being affected by climate change.
In Ngong town the other day, we spoke with some local gentlemen. We were all in T shirts and speaking of the heat. They were sitting with their winter coats on and discussing how cold it was! We were able to show them pictures of snow and talk a bit about Canada. They were interested in hearing about our country.
On February 5, 2020, a Canadian dollar was worth 75,59 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 dollar 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.
Also, with the climate change as well as the infestation of locust, the costs of food fluctuate regularly, it is hard to plan.
Again, all of the money raised in Canada goes directly to Huruma. There are no management costs, as we are all volunteers.
It continues to be our hope that you consider Huruma Children’s Trust (Canada) as a recipient of your generosity.
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.
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.
Tel: 705 445 9894