Project Name: Canaan Orphanage and School
Project Location: Mombasa County
Project dates: 6th – 26th August 2017
Canaan Orphanage was started in the year 2010 but was registered in 2011, when “Mama” was dealing with the widows, she realized that the children were the most suffering and with time her passion towards them grew strong and strong. According to Risper, the idea to start an orphanage carne as a form of a dream something she believes is the will of the Lord. The widows at the slum developed trust of her and had no worries with their children staying at her home. These widows thought she had money but to Risper, it was a matter of having heart and begging from those who were willing to help. These Kids would follow me to my place and go back to their places after having food. Initially, the kids staying at my house were 5, they latter added up to 9. All were from Kisumu Ndogo slums.
It reached a point whereby they could not go back to their places any more. I realized that they had trusted me and were both referring to me as “mama”. Their mothers also felt safe with their children staying at my place. I realized this was a call from the Lord, The Father Almighty and that He was fulfilling the dream I had back then in the 2003. The only solution was to look for a place that is spacious, safe and at least with a room whereby could study and sleep well. The children welfare now had to come first. Starting the orphanage became a priority and we registered it. The home has 30 children at the moment with seven staff members offering services to help in the daily growth of these children.
Vision: To be the leading charitable organization in providing child care and support to orphans.
Mission statement: To promote behavioral change among the orphans and support them to be responsible members of the society through education, healthcare counseling and prepare them spiritually for the challenges in life.
- Sport activities with the local schools and youth
- Home visit within the community
- Administrative work, capacity building
- Teaching; Parental care; Creativity activities with the children
- Washing clothes, utensil; Bathing little babies
- Empowering minors to be self-reliant i.e. life skills lessons
- Elementary child care; Taking care of the children as well as playing with them
- Ensuring the compound is clean; Motivational speaking
- Food preparation and serving
Accommodation and Food
Volunteers will be hosted at the project. You will need to have a sleeping bag and mat. Food is provided from what is locally available and the volunteers will share in the responsibility of preparing the food.
Meeting Point and orientation
All volunteers taking part in this project will be picked from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and stay in Nairobi before departing to the project. Orientation will take place on the 5th of August 2017 at the VACK Office in Buruburu, Nairobi.
Number of volunteers: Maximum of 15