Created to resemble as much as possible the village life that the children have come from, each house forms a family unit with dedicated house Mamas, to provide practical care, love and support.
We now have a village of six houses, a kindergarten, a day nursery, an onsite clinic and take care of 74 children from new born to 17 years of age.
In this caring family environment children help with chores, do their homework , play, go to school , their way of life the same as in the villages to which they will eventually return as adults, healthy and with the knowledge to help their community in the future.
Many babies and children have HIV/Aids and many health challenges result. Some have been too ill to go to school regularly and some like Hezroni and Jamsi have physical disabilities.
The tiny babies are particularly vulnerable, if the mother has died in childbirth the cost of milk formula and the practicality of bottle feeding is a huge obstacle for the depleted family units. The Children’s Village gives hope to these families and motherless babies.
Our ultimate aim would be for them to be able to return to their home villages when the time is right and when the extended family becomes strong enough to provide loving care.
In addition to our long term volunteer physician, Dr. Leena and her dedication to the Children’s Village, we are also fortunate to have visits from other medical volunteers, helping our children with physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dental care and life skills.
There is also an unlikely hero in the Children’s Village. A trusty Hiace van!
Thanks to a generous donor our more vulnerable children can attend school regularly or even for the first time in their lives. They couldn’t manage the one or two hour walk to school on our muddy roads.
The children and babies diagnosed HIV positive can be taken for their monthly tests, an hour’s walk away and the vehicle is used for our village visits when it’s not doing the school run. Here everybody walks, two hours to school or work is fairly average, vehicles are a luxury even bicycle with NO gears would be much prized.
Kindergarten and Nursery
On site we now have a Nursery School/Daycare.
Caterpillars (for ages 1 -2 years) and Butterflies (ages 2 -3 years), completed in 2016.
The on site Montessori kindergarten gives our children the best possible start to education.
And it is through education that future generations will be able to overcome the enemy in their midst.
AND it’s FUN!!!
The on site clinic provides a base for our long term volunteer paediatrician, Dr Leena Pasanen, our volunteer dentist, Dr.Bodil Sandin and other visiting clinicians, treating not only our children and workers but people from the nearest villages.
We also have visits from locally based physiotherapists and a clinical psychologist from time to time.
The kitchen garden is a favourite place for some, especially when the strawberries ripen. Another self sufficiency project for the Children’s Village, together with chickens and now our own cow and calf. We aim to produce as much as we can for our children and workers but also as a potential income generating project.
The Children’s Village is providing care, protection and love for those most in need and many of our children will be with us from birth until adulthood.
Much more remains to be done.
Please help us to continue to help them.