With 63 orphans living at Kithoka Amani Children’s Home (KACH), the home has outgrown the space we currently have, especially in times the schools are closed because of COVID-19. Building a separate dormitory for boys will provide them with a comfortable living space. We have been desiring to do this for four years now without success due to lack of funds.
40 lives of the boys aged 5 to 18 years will be improved directly. The boys who will be housed in the dormitory will enjoy the living space, helping them to sleep better, study better with less noise and disturbance. An extra space they deserve to enjoy while playing and helping other boys to get on with their day-to-day activities so they can thrive.
“I see our boys feeling valued and loved and this in turn will enable them to perform well in their studies so that one day they too can support a needy child in the future.” (Dr Karambu, founder of IPI)
When we bring in workers, builders and their families, as well as – in the long run – the boys’ families the project will impact an estimated 30,000 lives.
To build a boys’ dormitory to accommodate 40 boys. We have started building last year, and the foundation is ready. The funds we now seek will help us complete the rest of the dormitory.
To be able to do that we’ll’ need Ksh2,500,000 (or €19,531).
IPI improved 30,000 women’s and children’s lives since 2003 with tools to become self-reliant.
How it improves their lives? For example, in the past 11 years, 1000 orphans completed primary and secondary education, 30 attained a Bachelor’s degree, 5 a Masters’ and 1 completed a PhD programme.
Cost effectiveness: on average €100 per child or woman (including overhead costs).
Moreover, we have created a model for orphan’s care that works and empowers orphans to take charge of their lives through the various empoweredness programmes we have created at the home.
Our older kids come back to work at the home, enhancing the work of IPI. We have an experienced Executive Director and a Programme Director – all beneficiaries of IPI and KACH. The CEO Dr Karambu Ringera, the founder of the programme, works directly in the field to ensure the success of the projects on the ground.
One of our children said: “If I did not find KACH, I would be dead today.” Hence KACH is a life-saving place for him.
The first time I visited International Peace Initiatives, I was amazed by their passion that combines bottom up peace building approach and empowerment of the less privileged children and women. I continue to draw inspiration from IPI.