Children of hope is a community based organization dedicated to providing a meaningful start in life and to help to the most vulnerable and deprived children. Our office and headquarters are located at Junction Kanyawanga Rongo, Migori County, Kenya- East Africa near Lake Victoria which is the second largest fresh water lake in the whole world.
Children of Hope started in the year 2013 and officially registered in January 2014 in the Republic of Kenya under Ministry of Gender, Children and Social development.
To promote and raise awareness of the plight of orphaned, abandoned, sick and poverty stricken children and HIV positive families in society and to support initiatives to alleviate these problems.
In response to the great commission, Children of Hope exists as an advocate for the children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.
What We Are Doing:
Children of Hope has a total of 200 identified orphaned, abandoned, sick and poverty stricken children and HIV positive families in the community. Out of 200 children, 3 children and their parents stay at Children of Hope Centre. Also, 25+ children study at Children of Hope Nursery School while 175 study in different schools. Out of these students, 32 of them are HIV positive – some stay with their guardians, single parents and some stay with both parents. All of these families of the 200 identified children live in less than $1.50 per day which is below the poverty line. Children of hope is working hard to provide both short term and long term support to these children. Short term support is basic needs while long term includes education and skills. Monthly sponsorship per child is $35; this support is categorized as project grants delivered directly to Children of Hope Center to cover the costs for providing the services and opportunities that make up Children of Hope program:
– Regular Christian Training
– Supplemental Nutrition Support
– Educational Opportunities (e.g., funding school attendance and/or regular participation in alternative educational activities, as well as opportunities to learn life and job skills).
– Health Care and Training (regular physical exams, dental care, vaccinations, etc).
– Social and Emotional Development (e.g. learning basic social skills, teamwork, art, drama, dance, etc.) materials and supplies including hygiene supplies (e.g., soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste), center supplies (e.g., paper, writing utensils, games, toys), fees or costs associated with field trips, drama, art and dance activities, and snacks, food and supplemental nutrition each child may need.
– Individualized Care and Attention (school progress reports, center attendance records, health records, home visits by social workers and adult supervision while at the development center, etc).
– Pre-Unit School
Children of Hope pre-unit school was started on September 29th, 2014 with 4 children from very poor families who were just staying at home without going to school. Currently, the school has 25+ children studying at the centre and 180 registered children studying in different schools. There is one teacher whose monthly payment comes from the director’s family monthly income. The children come from families that live below the poverty line. They cannot even afford to buy school uniform and shoes. They come to school without morning tea, and sometimes they cry in class that they are hungry. My wife sometimes has to take part of her monthly food and give to the children. The parents/guardians who can contribute little money as fees can only afford to pay 300 Kenya Shillings (Equivalent to $3.00) in the whole term which is not even enough to buy chalks and other basic requirements at school.
In order for Children of Hope pre-school to run well, monthly expense per child should be $35. This money will help run the activities of the school like buying them exercise books, pens, new uniforms and repairing those uniforms when they are torn, chalks to be used for teaching, morning porridge and paying their teacher. Below pictures are for children at Children of Hope pre-school.
Our program recognizes the importance of each child to be seen and known as an individual. They need to be known by someone who interacts with them, guides them, prays for them. The engagement of loving, caring adults in the lives of children is core to our program.
The registered children stay with parents/guardians/caregivers. Each care giver has the opportunity to come to a personal understanding of the message of salvation and to accept Christ as Savior. Our children have the opportunity to experience God’s presence and practice spiritual discipline alongside their caregivers. Our children can sing a simple song about Jesus’ love for children and demonstrate an awareness that he/she can communicate to God through prayers.
Giving Food to HIV/AIDs Infected Families
Many people staying near the Children of Hope Center are infected with HIV/AIDs. Some people openly say their status while some are afraid. Currently 15 infected individuals have openly informed the Children of Hope office of their status. Majority of people are afraid to disclose their HIV status. The government provides ARVs freely but the challenge the infected people experience is lack of enough food. Children of Hope’s aim is to provide monthly food support to the HIV infected poor families. Types of food to be given to these families are sorghum and maize flour, milk and fruits. Monthly support per family is $40.This money is used to buy fruits, milk and transport to the hospital to know their health status and to get drugs.
As a Christian, holistic, child development organization, Children of Hope recognizes the importance and interrelationship of the whole person. As such, in general agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO), we believe that “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Our Children are always involved in physical activities. However they lack sport equipment to use.
The registered children learn through play which includes sensory stimulation. The child is able to explore his/her environment through the use of the five senses that is: seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling. The registered children display curiosity and also demonstrate an ability to learn new tasks and solve simple problems at the age appropriate level.
Children of Hope has plan and hopes to offer learning skills to children like computer skills, tailoring, carpentry and other skills that will help the registered children.
Complementary Intervention (CIV)
Children of Hope has been writing proposals to seek for support, and we really thank God because we have been submitting the proposal written to different promising individuals and Churches. So far we have written proposal to purchase chairs to be used by children in class, local breed chicken rearing, water tank, child education support and HIV support.