Our Kenyan Kids
Our Kenyan Kids was founded by Douglas A. Warren (at the time a Minister at Wall Street United Church in Brockville, Ontario) following a vacation to Kenya in January of 2004. A member of the Wall Street congregation had sent $200 with him, to be used for helping children as he saw fit. After meeting some local individuals and making some inquiries, Doug was introduced to Gladwell Ngunjiri at the Nairobi Children’s Home. He asked her what she felt they needed most. Without hesitation, Gladwell answered, “We need more people to love the children.” So, with the donated seed money, and a top up from Doug and his cousin, the first sponsored volunteer at NCH was hired.
Since then, Our Kenyan Kids has grown into its own corporation and registered charity, addressing the needs of poor and sick children and young adults in Kenya. Our Kenyan Kids focuses its efforts mostly in the slums, in the Westlands district of Nairobi, the districts of Embu & Turkana and the district bordering the Kibera slum in Kawangware.
Kenya faced a severe HIV/AIDS epidemic that continues to have a devastating impact on all sectors of society, even today. An estimated 1.5 million Kenyans are living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya. Another estimated 1.5 million have died from AIDS since 1984. More than 1.6 million children younger than 15 years of age (3.7% of the total population) have been orphaned through the death of their parent(s). Over 100,000 people continue to die from AIDS annually.When extended family members are unable to care for parentless children, they end up in children’s homes, orphanages, or trying to fend for themselves on the streets.
It would be easy to become overwhelmed by the great need of children in Kenya, but Our Kenyan Kids is inspired by the story of the starfish. We believe in making a difference one child at a time.
Donate directly through Canada Helps.
Mail a cheque with your contact information (for receipting purposes) to:
Our Kenyan Kids
P.O. Box 164
Ontario K6V 5V2
For more information, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registered Canadian Charity # 810593012RR0001
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