REHABILITATING ORPHANS IN KITALE, KENYA
Shepherd Community Based Children Rehabilitation Organization, NGO with acronym SHENGO is a local NGO established in the year 2000 November.
This was formed with the aegis of the many suffering children in Kenya and more so with the occurrence of the HIV/Aids scourge that claimed lives of their dear bread winners (parents). HIV/Aids swept most house hold’s parents and thus left the children total orphans. The orphans caught the eye and heart of the many suffering innocent tender lives of the founder the late James Bwayo Walimbwa who quickly decided to do something about the situation. The idea for the same was coined by the late James Bwayo Walimbwa a graduate at the Wisconsin University, USA.
He often talked about this serious pandemic, having had a heart for the suffering children he decided to form an NGO that will help alleviate the suffering of the innocent children around this region of the North Rift. SHENGO was therefore born in the year mentioned here above. An elder brother to the late Prof. Job Joab Bwayo a renowned Kenyan born HIV/Aids vaccine researcher who was assassinated in 2007 over his HIV/Aids successful research and was almost there with the vaccine. Teaming up with the US Oxford University and British researchers. Together with Bishop Simon Khatete, Jessicah Khaoma, Dunstan N. Walimbwa and Edinah Nekesa Malanga are SHENGO at heart.
Having a brother who is also deceased, Prof. Job Joab Bwayo who was a renowned Microbiology and Human Immunology expert attached to the University of Nairobi. He was an avid believer in assisting the needy and underprivileged in society especially the children. He carried out extensive research work in the urban suburbs of majengo that was an area with thousands of brothels in Nairobi city, Kenya and Kibera slums on sex workers and discovered that some volunteer subjects were HIV/Aids negative despite their routine sexual involvement where the condoms was not is use completely in those years. His ongoing project had led his counterparts from the university of Nairobi and Oxford University, Unite Kingdom to find an HIV/Aids vaccine using volunteer subject in the area. He was in charge of the Kenya Aids Vaccine Initiative (KAVI) as its chairman and top researcher. They were both very inspiratory to the noble cause for continued life without the pandemic.
The Shepherd Community Based Children Rehabilitation Organization (SHENGO), NGO is an orphaned child, desperate, vulnerable, destitute, street urchins set up kind of environment. We are dealing with children/orphans of between Class 1 with up to 6 years and Class 8 with up to 15 years only age bracket. The two (2) are deceased but the will to realize the dream is still very real. We at SHENGO have done a number of activities since inception in the year 2000 up to 2002 after the demise of the founder. Then in 2003 mid we embarked on low key activities on orphans’ program up to date due to unavailability of a sponsor. We have records and vast experience for the whole project to its success.
In summary we have a comprehensive project proposal of the entire project plan to its entirety and finality. We have a blue print proposal. We have a line of duty on our shoulders to accomplish and salvage the tender lives of the orphans.
We need the support to pursue this noble dream. We are reinvigorating the journey we started more positively, we are raring to go. I have engaged my entire life to do community work for the less disadvantaged, it is a passion in me to care for the disadvantaged child(ren). It has been my life long dream that I cherish with a lot of enthusiasm. I appeal to whoever can care to try us out for the sake of the orphans that we have great love for as we feel we could offer those destitute children to come out as responsible persons in their future endeavours. We want to give hope to the hopeless, give them the same opportunity that any other child in this world gets with able environments.
We are therefore appealing for donors to respond positively so that we may realize the dream of the two deceased persons who wanted to justify their egos. We are left behind with a challenge to fulfill on their behalf.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dunstan N. Walimbwa -- See photo below)
"ALMUDOS" -- THE STREET CHILDREN OF SENEGAL
This story is about street children, particularly those called almudos. In their circumstances and behavior though, the almudos share many characteristics with street children in other parts of the world, so the website linked to this story has grown to be a window into the lives of street children in many different countries.
You will find many sources of information -- over four hundred links to websites on every continent and many links to documentary information as well. Photo galleries, videos and music are freely available on the site and books and films may also be purchased.
The links on the left of the website will introduce you to a world where 150,000,000 children live - our city streets. You are welcome!
WHAT IS AN ALMUDO?
He is a small boy of about eleven. He lives in a large city in a poor West African country. He is dressed in ragged shorts and a T-shirt, most likely many sizes too large. He is barefoot with one infected toe. The city streets are hard on toes. At night he sleeps on the street and wakes at dawn to begin the day begging for his breakfast.
Generally he is kindly treated in the streets and is given food enough to survive, but his health suffers. He is underweight and undersize for his age and has intestinal parasites and skin problems such as scabies and ringworm. When he has more serious diseases such as malaria and schistosomiasis, they remain untreated.
He has not seen his family for a year or two, since he left his distant rural village, but he keeps in touch through a network of friends and relatives he sees from time to time. At home the family is large -- five or six brothers and sisters -- too large for all to be taken care of in these difficult times. He misses his family and longs for the day when he will have saved enough from his begging to go home with gifts for them. He wants to buy cloth for his mother and a radio for his father. For himself he will buy clothes and a portable tape player, but not until just before he leaves the city since they will only attract thieves.
Some of his friends sniff solvents and he is tempted. When you're a hungry eleven-year-old boy in the night street, morning seems very far away and a little oblivion is hard to resist.
He would like to wear clean clothes, go to school every day and not have to worry about the next meal. And although a realistic adult would dismiss this as an impossible dream, children surely have the right to such dreams.
He is a good boy, willing and eager to find ways to be of use. He unselfconsciously rewards a small gift with a big smile and the blessing of Allah. There is something of heaven in the smile as well as in the blessing.
ALMUDO HOME PAGE
STREET CHILDREN WORLDWIDE DIRECTORY
* To see more background information on the almudos, click HERE
* NEW! (November 2002) Report on the Almudos of Senegal, by Nina Coon.
* To read about what inspired this project, click HERE
KIDS ALIVE -- KENYA
Kenya has been described as a land of striking landscapes, ranging from snowcapped Mount Kenya to rich farmlands, barren deserts and tropical beaches. She lies on the eastern coast of Africa, right on the equator.
Kenya borders Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan to the north, Uganda to the west, Tanzania to the south, and the Indian Ocean to the East, and covers an area of 583,000 sq, km (225,000 sq. miles).
Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. The other major towns are Mombasa, the main port on the Indian Ocean and Kisumu, on Lake Victoria. Kenyans, known for their great ability in long-distance running are also hospitable people who love to welcome visitors. Karibu Kenya!! (Welcome to Kenya)
English is the official language in Kenya and Swahili the national language. Kenya is grouped into more than 70 ethnic groups, which are divided into 3 main linguistic groups namely: Bantu (e.g. Embu, Kamba, Kikuyu, Kisii, Luhya, Meru, Kuria, Bukusu), Nilotes (e.g. Luo, Teso, Nandi, Kipsigis, Marakwet, Maasai) and Cushites (e.g. Boran, Rendille, Somali). Kenya has a population of close to 30 million.
Kenya joined our Kids Alive International family in 2000. At that time, the Mt Kenya Children’s Home was the primary work in this site. Since then, the Karundas Center has been added which houses the House of Joy for abandoned babies home, the Rebecca Home for HIV/AIDS infected and affected children, and the Karundas Girls’ Home for vulnerable girls. Kids Alive has since expanded into remote areas, working in partnership with several church-based residential and community care programs for orphans and vulnerable children.
Kenya is supervised by the Kenya Leadership Team, led by Field Coordinator, Linda Ndethiu. Missionaries, Rob and Colleen Davis of Canada are also helping to care for the Kenya children we rescue.
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WHITE AMERICANS SHOULD ADOPT MORE ORPHANS FROM AFRICA -- PROFESSOR SAYS
The rising number of African orphans is creating a crisis that makes international adoptions imperative despite concerns about transracial adoptions, says a Brigham Young University professor who herself was adopted from Korea by white parents.
Jini Roby's argument that African nations and American parents should consider a radical increase in adoptions of black African orphans was published in a recent issue of the journal Social Work. Roby said 12.3 million children in sub-Saharan Africa have lost one or both parents, overwhelming the ability of extended families to care for them. That number is projected to balloon to 18.4 million by 2010.
"That's just in sub-Saharan Africa," she said. "There's a huge crisis out there, bigger than we've ever known, and we're not talking about it very much."
Transracial adoption is a controversial subject in the United States. In 1972, the National Association of Black Social Workers compared the adoption of African-American children by white families to genocide.
Today, the NABSW and other adoption groups emphasize kinship care — recruiting relatives to adopt African-American orphans. The same philosophy is the cultural norm in Africa, but Roby said the same factors creating so many orphans are also devastating kinship networks — the AIDS epidemic, famines and civil wars.
"The kin system is becoming overwhelmed," Roby said. "There's all kinds of evidence that the extended family has evaporated in many cases, especially at the bottom rung of the economic ladder." The NABSW recently accepted transracial adoption as an alternative for American children of African descent, though it maintains the stance that same-race adoptions are preferable.
Roby said the priority for African-American adoptees should be placement with African-American families but found on her first visit to Africa in 2003 that in many cases, African children no longer can be raised by African families. "I'm not proposing adoption as the first and best solution," she said. "First of all, we need to keep the families intact. In Uganda this summer, I saw mothers infected with HIV who were staying healthy and alive for 15 years or more. First, we need to keep parents alive. Then we need to support the extended families willing to care for these children. A lot of my work is focused on those two areas. This paper is about the small role adoption can play to make a huge difference in the lives of individual children."
Roby worked with the government in Mozambique to create laws for international adoption. In Uganda, she studied the availability of extended-family placement and how mothers with AIDS plan for their children.
American parents have adopted a growing number of international children over the past decade. The United States issued 7,093 immigrant visas to orphans in 1990. The number rose to 22,728 last year. Few come from African nations, which are reluctant to allow more. "They're nervous because of the history of out-migration of their people into Europe and America, because of the former slave trade," Roby said. "They're nervous their children are being sold into domestic servitude or sex trafficking. I understand that. We all need to have empathy for that. But when they learn about the legal safeguards in place for international adoption, they want to consider it."
Roby was in an orphanage for three years before she was adopted at 14 and raised in southeastern Utah. Her husband is adopted, too, and the couple has adopted two children, one from Roby's native Korea. "My husband says adoption runs in our family," she said.
The North American Council on Adoptable Children believes each child should be placed with a family that recognizes preservation of the child's ethnic and cultural heritage as an inherent right, executive director Joe Kroll said. International adoptions can build on that, Roby said.
"I sort of adopted a global identity for myself. I think my children are going that way, too. It's not so important that we be able to identify ourselves purely as this culture or that, because we really live in a global society. I can go anywhere and feel at home. I don't know if that has to do with my trans-cultural adoption or if it's my personality."
Roby expects some people to be uncomfortable with her paper but said the African orphan crisis will only worsen. It isn't expected to peak until 2020. "Children need loving, stable families," she said. "The color match is important but secondary in a crisis like this."
Kroll hasn't seen Roby's paper and expressed some discomfort because of his own experience raising a Korean adoptee. "The federal government has gone overboard to try and make adoptions appear color blind," he said. "Color blind doesn't work when you're a person of color."
Kroll also worries that international adoptions have become trendy at the expense of older American foster children because of celebrities like Angelina Jolie, who has adopted two children, the most recent from the African nation of Ethiopia — a girl whose mother died of AIDS. "My concern," Kroll said, "is that the publicity surrounding celebrities like Angelina Jolie is making people move away from the very real needs of the children in the American foster system. There are so many kids who need help."
For Roby, there are too many now in Africa to ignore. "I feel I have to do this work for the rest of my life," she said.
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Orphans And Staff Enjoy The Outdoors In Uganda
"AFRICAN ORPHANS" IN CONGO REPUBLIC AND UGANDA
African Orphans, a ministry of Warm Blankets Orphan Care International, is a nonprofit Christian mission intent on fulfilling the Great Commission by rescuing and caring for increasing numbers of orphan kids in conjunction with church-planting efforts.
AFRICAN ORPHAN CRISIS
AIDS, war, disease, poverty, and famine have created a worldwide tragedy. In Africa, current figures show there are over 34 million orphans, of which 12 million have been orphaned by AIDS.
"The worst is yet to come," warns a report issued by the UN Children's Fund. “By 2010, there will be 41,994,000 orphans in Africa, of which half will be due to AIDS.” These children --a majority between the ages of 10 and 16 -- are left without critical guidance, protection and support. The problem is overwhelming, the need is immense, but there is a solution.
OUR SOLUTION TO THE CRISIS
Someone once said of Africa, "If there is any place where love is dead, it is here." African Orphans does not believe that to be true. We believe that the love of God is making a difference in a continent torn by war, disease and poverty. African Orphans believes God is the "father of the fatherless" (Ps 98:5).
We believe God is calling His Church throughout the world to show His love by taking action and caring for the orphan and the widow, for this is religion that is pure and faultless. (James 1:27) Based on this faith, African Orphans is dedicated to taking in the orphaned children of Africa and bringing them into our hearts and into our Church Orphan Homes.
Join the efforts of African Orphans now...help us take what the Lord has provided, using our Church Home orphan care model to restore the lives of these orphans!
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CHARITIES WHICH SUPPORT CHILDREN IN AFRICA
A MIRACLE IN KENYA
By Pastor James.
Brother This is my testimony to you today, I was very sick in the year 1995-1999 when I received a divine healing in the name of Jesus in one of the Pentecostal churches in Nairobi. I was a very big man working with big companies in Kenya, I had a lot of money but never knew how to use it. In those years I was very sick and was about to die from liver cancer, all my stomach was very painful that doctors failed to cure me, one day while in the hospital I started to think about God, I call it an appointed time of my miracle, actually that time I had not known about God and I had nothing to think about Him because I knew that I was rich enough with life and all I needed for life.
There on bed I started to sing songs of glorifying and worshiping God, immediately a mind came in me , I said in my heart, “whatever is born of God and in spirit is of the Spirit and of the flesh is of the flesh I discharged from the hospital and went home the following morning. While on my bed, there I never ceased to sing! I had known that either was my last day to live in this world. As I continued to sing! I continued to receive the anointing of God, there immediately a revelation came into my mind, the heavens were open and I saw the spirit of the lord descending on me. There immediately I got a vision, about my life since I was young, I used to sing and praising God in every situation of difficulties, after that I again had another vision to go to church the next Sunday.
When this Sunday approached I didn’t go! Immediately in the same night God started to speak to me, He spoke to me in the Sunday Night, the Monday night and the Tuesday Night he gave me different visions.
The question was all about why did I not go to church?!! The following Sunday I went to church one of the Pentecostals in Niarobi Kenya.while in the church I was still experiencing the same pains, I cried to the lord, I promised God, if you heal me today! Lord if you heal me today I will work for you!! Hallelujah, Hallelujah!! Let me tell you brother after ministry the pastor prayed for me, I felt the powerful presence of the Lord coming down starting my head down to the stomach where I had pains, the place became very cold again that thing started to rise up coming out through my mouth and went out, since that day I am whole and I have never been sick any more hallelujah!!
In the year 2000 I came out of job and started to work as an evangelist, I suffered a lot my family became very poor I walked naked, I walked in hunger but the Lord God of the Hosts had known all my troubles, he healed them in season and out of season. I am now a pastor I have planted churches in 6 countries of Africa, I am very poor but when God commands to go somewhere he gives me money for the church, but personally and materially am poor but rich in the kingdom of God.
THE LIFE OF PASTOR JAMES
I am born in the year 1976 in Nyaisero Sub-Location in Kisii District as a young son to my Father Ibrahim Anyona. I was brought up in a very poor family where my ancestors used to worship demons and idols. My parents grew in the same life but were ruled by power of drunkardness and were about to divorce in the year 1992, because each time my Dad had to become drunkard, he was to beat up my mum leaving her with severe injuries.
My mum was knowledgeable in making alcohol; many people were to come to drink there, our home became as an industry or a manufacturing company of alcohols. My elder brother practiced the same life with his wife, also my second brother was about to be influenced to that kind of business but God saved him and that time I was still young.
Our life with my other little sisters suffered, we had no food to eat, we used to collect the wastes of food to keep our stomachs out of pains of hunger, we had no anything to cover ourselves in the night, we were to be clothed by good Samaritans who had mercy and compassionate on us. I used to sleep in a sack or a maize sack because I had no covering; I suffered this hard life to the year 1993.
In this hard life I sensed a gift of God and a call in my life, because whenever I used to pray I was to pray in tears and crying, asking God; his plan and purpose with my life and family! I am happy that God’s decision with my life came in after I had humbled myself to him at all time of my suffering.
Some time I had a feeling to sing, but my focal or my voice was not able to sing good voice since my throat was wide and I had not experience on how to control it and sing well as other children. So the desire in me to sing was out, I started to have an impression to become a minister and preach, I was interested when I could see people crying confessing their sins pursuing the heavens for more strategic power and revelations from God, this desire grew in me to a wide extent of which kept my feeling vision and dreams.
I thank God that I was a child of understanding and spirit filled boy, when I was to go about to drunkardness the spirit of the Lord had to warn me up, I had to feel some one calling beside me and I had to feel something special convicting me in my heart, immediately tears starts to run out of my eyes! I started to desire to go to church and get some new songs from there, and even get a choir sing to me during church services and get nourished.
.What is amazing is that “I never prayed when I was not drunkard”! But when I was drunk I had some words to speak to God even though I had some special feelings of divine call in God, hallelujah!!!
God started with me the first miracle in the year 1985 when I was be witched, my complete body was swollen and I had to eat a lot of Salt like sugar and I had not to feel it sour to me. My brothers who are first born’s in my family died in some years back while I was not been born, we are born 12 in number three daughters and 9 sons and am the last born in our family, brothers died due to witchcrafts and worship of gods, my parents used to worship them but never knew the circumstance after them. They offered sacrifices to the gods, personally I witnessed one ceremony in the year 1984 when my grandfather offered one sheep to the sun as it was to dawn and the other in the evening during sun set.
So the devil was not happy with my life, he wanted to take me way to the death as other brothers of mine. In that year and during my illness a local government office called a meeting to our home, and all people came plus the out stationed every one had time to speak and curse the action of witcrafts which prevails in the community, there were Pastors and Evangelists. I remember one pastor prayed for me and the officer commanded to be taken to the hospital and if I will not get well, the person who witched me would to suffer death if I only I die.
I was taken to hospital and I was admitted for two weeks and later I was discharged and was taken out of our family and went to stay with our relatives in a town. I got my primary Education through my relatives and were not able to take me to a high school for further education even though I passed with a good grade. It is by God’s grace and love that I know to write and Speak English; this is a sign that God loved me since the beginning for a special purpose.
Jeremiah 1:4 Now the word of the Lord came to me saying” before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you I appointed you a prophet to the nations.
Verse 9 then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth ; and the Lord said to me” Behold I have put my words in your mouth 10 See I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms , to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow , to build and to plant.
Isaiah 42”6-8 I am the Lord I have called you in righteousness I have taken you by the hand and kept you, I have given you as acovenant to the people alight to the nations. 7 to open the yes that are blind to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon ,from the prison those who sit In darkness 8 I am the Lord that is my name, my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to graven images.
Isaiah 43:8 every one who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made”. 8 Bring forth the people who are blind yet have eyes, who are deaf yet have ears!
The second miracle was in the year 1998 when I was about to die from road accident, the bus that I was in got an accident from one of its front tires , it missed balance and smacked a tree beside the road, it was smashed into pieces but I only survived!! Wow!! Hallelujah!! My God is sweet.
Here I want to speak something, if God has an intention with you, you will never suffer, see what happened to the servants of God, Daniel was thrown into lion’s bit but survived, Meshach, Shadrak and Abednego were thrown into fire but were not hurt or burnt, Paul Peter and other survived by the grace of the Lord. John was taken to Patmos where the Jewish had wanted to kill him, they tortured and told him to worship the gods and presphemy the name of the lord, he denied to do it and was put in a hot oil, where immediately the heavens were open for him and saw the new heavens, the only son of man being a king of kings sited on the right hand of God, hallelujah!!
So when God has called you in righteousness you will suffer no loss, you will face trials, but you will not die because you are his! Isaiah 43:2 when you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers they shall not overwhelm you, when you walk through fire you shall not be burnt and the flames shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God the Holy one of Israel your savior.
I thank my Lord and God that has appointed me for this a special task of opening the eyes that do not see and the ears that do not hear. I am a pastor and I have planted three churches and two orphanage schools in Kenya, two churches in Uganda, one in Tanzania, One in Rwanda, one in Burundi, two in Drc Congo.
It is my plea and an appeal to you friends and co-workers of the body of Christ, as well to all well wishers to co-operate with me and get this gospel preached to the lost in Africa and meet the calling of my life to the orphans and to the lost too. My ministry is independent and I will urge every one to join with me and become one body of Christ in preaching this wonderful message and sharing with the less fortunate in the communities.
Love you all and I long to pray for you and if willing for a prayer, please write to me on email@example.com I and my team will pray for you and miracles will be done only in the name of Jesus.
SAINTS ORPHANAGE INTERNATIONAL, KENYA
Mission & Vision.
Our mission and vision are derived from the Centre’s motto found in James 1: 27: Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this; to look after orphans and widows in their distress’. Specifically, we aim at:
1. Supporting all the orphaned children at Saints orphanage international, physical and spiritual needs
2. Sensitizing others to be partakers of this noble task by providing them with an opportunity to bless the orphans as God enables them.
Against this background, the Centre, under the directorship of Pastor David, has seen the need to reach out to more disadvantaged, disabled children and rehabilitate them so as to give them a sense of hope and support for their future.
Towards this end, the Centre takes care of physically, socially, economically, emotionally and spiritually challenged orphans; mainly those affected by HIV/AIDS. The Centre is dedicated to providing free education, accommodation, food, clothing, good health, individual skills enhancement, and spiritual support to the children. The Centre also counsels these traumatized children, most of whom have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS.
The management hopes to equip the children to be responsible citizens once they leave the center. This will be done through vocational training, e.g. carpentry, masonry, secretarial and computer skills, hairdressing, livestock farming, poultry, etc. This dream will only be realized when the center acquires its own land. At the moment, the children are accommodated in a rented flat, which also doubles up as classrooms and dormitories for the 300 children, 130 of whom are full time boarders.
Our aim also is to transform these children into responsible adults who can provide for themselves. This can only be realized if certain skills and expertise are instilled in these children.
The centre also plans to initiate projects that can generate income. This will go a long way in making the Centre self-sustaining.
Saints Orphanage International
Po Box 4393 – 00200
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