In early 2006 we created Kusitawi (thrive in Kiswahili) Village for girls at risk of being sold into marriage, domestic slavery, prostitution or abuse by uncles, brothers or other “relatives.” We originally planned to house 25 girls but circumstances proved more powerful than our projection and the number of rescued girls has risen to 55! We met the need for a larger house by buying 12 acres of fertile land and building a spacious dormitory. We have planted 8 acres of maize and beans, have a very large garden, room for grazing animals and best of all “drum roll please” – Solar powered ELECTRICITY! The girls are now able to do their homework with plenty of light!
We are also pleased to announce the opening of a new home for orphan boys! With the girls old house empty it seemed natural to use it to create a safe haven for them. Boys are often victims of total abandonment, left to fend for themselves and their younger siblings. With their school lives effectively over they descend into homelessness and grinding poverty. With this new home – and the safety and guidance it provides – 25 orphaned boys are now able to focus on their studies, learn farming skills, and participate in the weekend soccer program!
The children in both houses are happy, healthy and profoundly grateful! They absolutely, positively adore you!
If you would like to help support the Safe Houses this is music to our ears’ and yours!
Kenya Orphans Choir CD Project
Ken Goode and Keely Valentino made it their mission to go to Africa and record a CD of our children singing local spiritual songs. The result is absolutely gorgeous and all proceeds from the sale of this CD will go towards the support of the Safe Houses. Suggested price $20 a CD. This is a great gift for hard to shop for people – it’s cheaper than a “heifer” and definitely easier to wrap!
Did you know our girls were one of six program groups in Kenya chosen to sing at a luncheon for the First Ladies of Africa? There were wives of presidents from every major country on the continent! Our girls sang beautifully, recited poems and our own Maureen volunteered to close the day with a prayer. When asked why she stepped forward she replied, “Our home is the best – I had to make sure we were seen properly.”