House of Hope orphanages, Kenya

Mji wa Neema is Swahili for 'house of hope'.

We are a small UK based charity raising funds to support orphaned children in and around the town of Gilgil in Kenya.

Our efforts centre on Saidia Children's Home in Gilgil, and other projects which improve the lives of AIDS orphans and other disadvantaged children in Gilgil and the surrounding area.

There is no social security net in Kenya. Children with no family are on their own, and today many families have lost the entire parent generation to AIDS. The idea of 'charity', so normal in our society, is a new idea in many developing countries. We aim to create projects that will, over time, become independent of outside aid, relying instead on a mix of self-sufficiency and local support. It is precarious, but if we can help at this crucial time it will become sustainable in the long term. Small amounts of money given through us go a long way - could you imagine feeding a child on 20 a month in the UK?

Mji wa Neema is registered as a charity in the UK (No: 1099611). UK trustees and fund-raisers, and the Board in Kenya, all work on an entirely voluntary basis. And since we support the projects directly, we know that the money we send is always used as intended.

We are funded entirely by private donations, so we are always looking for contributions, and particularly for people who will to commit to a regular monthly payment to sponsor a child or to contribute regularly to the orphanage costs.

We hope our children and the work we do inspires you. Please explore the rest of this site to find out more about the various projects, and maybe make a donation.



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