Gathaithi Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s Centre and Primary School, is located in a very poor area just outside of Nairobi, Kenya. The school services 800 students, many who are orphaned or vulnerable. The community has created a centre to provide nutrition and shelter for these children using unused buildings owned by the school.
Our Kenyan Kids provides support to Gathaithi in several ways:
- Feeding Program – Funds are given to purchase beans, rice and basic cooking supplies on a regular basis. A greenhouse has been built, funded by donations from the Maitland Garden of Hope, which enhances Gathaithi OVC’s aims to become self-sufficient in food production.
- Jiggers Project – Jiggers are bugs that are similar to ticks, that bore into the feet of the children, particularly those who have no shoes and walk barefoot. With lack of medical supplies at the school and poor parental knowledge, students are at risk of losing toenails, and later amputation without corrective treatment. Medical supplies for the treatment of Jiggers have been purchased for the school, disinfectants for the homes and shoes for affected children.
- Buildings – The kitchen floor has been upgraded to meet a minimum standard, a leaking asbestos roof has been replaced, and basic improvements have been made to the dining area.
- Books – Books have been purchased for the school.