The Eusebia Hope Centre is located in Igoji Meru, a rural area in Kenya. It is a registered charity in Kenya and the children’s home is regularly inspected by Kenyan Family and Children’s services.
It provides shelter for approximately 50 children between 4 and 12 years old, who have been orphaned or abandoned. Sadly, we still have to turn away many children at the gates and hope that we will be able to provide for more children as we grow as a charity.
When the Centre first opened in 2015, the children were housed in a tin shack. Due to the generosity of donors, we have been able to build a two-room classroom block and buy classroom equipment. The children have received donations of second-hand clothing and toys from the UK, which we were lucky to transport for free to Kenya. We also built a toilet block and a water-tower. The Centre rents a plot of land where the children grow vegetables with the help of the cook
There are two teachers who provide full-time education to the children, but many of the children will start attending a local school soon. The Centre also employs a part-time nurse who helps those children who need it acquire antiretroviral drugs and looks after the health and well-being of all.
According to the latest inspection by the Family and Children’s Services: “The children are happy and thriving well. They were observed to be well behaved and engaged with the visitors. They appeared clean and well kept and their language was developed. They were wearing clean clothes at the time of this visit.”
Our current big fundraising project is towards building a dormitory block for the children. At the moment, the children sleep on mattresses in one of the classrooms. We hope to start building the dormitory in 2018.
There are many other things which we hope to provide in the near future:
- Bee hives, so the children can learn beekeeping and produce honey to eat and to sell.
- A playground with playground equipment (swings, slides, etc.)
- A fence, as the area is very open and vulnerable to break-ins.
- Another cow, as the current cow is old and does not provide enough milk.
- A larger kitchen.
- Chickens to produce eggs to eat.