Orphanage at Gem Village

Kenya

Orphanage at Gem Village

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The Project

Formerly known as Bulesa Dima Orphanage, these children have experienced generations of extreme poverty. HIV and AIDS have ravaged the village, which has been engaged in Transformational Community Development (TCD) since 2011. The school there teaches 250 children – most of whom are orphans – ages 3 through 10 years. Most of their parents died of AIDS.

Two women with Hope in their hearts began caring for 70 of the children, 30 of whom are HIV+. One woman constructed a makeshift orphanage on her land: Two rooms, each 10 ft x 10 ft – one sleeping 35 boys, the other 35 girls. The building is made of sticks and mud. It used to have a roof made of tarp and old flour sacks, but this has blown off. More orphans live with distant relatives in the village.

The 30 children with HIV get their medicine for free but it must be taken with food, a scarce commodity. Sometimes they take their medicine to school, hoping they will get a meal there.

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How the Bulesa Dima Orphanage Brings “Help and Hope”

The children at the orphanage are happy. They smile and sing with the joy of being able to go to school, but their living conditions are not sustainable. GHNI leaders have come alongside the two Orphanage Mothers to help them find sustainable solutions for caring for these children.

Creating a farm of goats and chickens allow the children a sustainable supply of nutritious milk and eggs. As the children care for the animals, they’ll see their herd and flock grow, providing more milk and eggs.

Additionally a motorbike taxi will provide a villager a job, transportation for the Orphanage Mothers and School Teachers, and income for the orphanage.

Finally, we hope to build a fortified dormitory for the orphans, as well as pit latrines and a water well so they can grow up in a healthy environment.