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Mission / Vision / Story

The mission of Providence Children’s Home is to transform lives of children in Kenya by creating a home for orphaned and vulnerable children, providing excellent education, health care, and nurturing in a Christ-centered manner.

Background:

 

The Providence Children’s Home (PCH) was started for the purpose of supporting and caring for children whose parents have died of HIV/AIDS. This devastating disease has decimated an entire generation of Kenyans and left over 2 million of their children without parents. The organization was started in the late 1990’s by the late Joram Githumbi, himself a Kenyan, who felt a burning passion for the children of Kenya. Through his leadership, an existing boarding school was located with 15 acres of land, its own water well, public electricity, access on a main highway, and plenty of room for expansion. Though Joram died shortly before the acquisition of this property, his vision inspired the successful purchase and the school (renamed Joram Gitau Memorial Academy, JGMA, in his honor) opened in January, 2004. Later that year, an empty house on the property was converted into a home that could house 20 children and a home mother. In January, 2005, under the careful eye of the new home mother, Kagendo, this house became the new home to 20 girls from surrounding areas of Kenya.

 

 

The orphanage is now home to 47 girls from seven different tribes, some of which do not normally speak to each other. Yet the girls at PCH have become true sisters to each other under Kagendo’s love and care. In order to maintain their tribal heritage and familial ties, each girl is provided an opportunity to travel back to their original tribal areas during the three school breaks each year. There, they connect with their extended families and stay connected to the cultural legacy of their birth parents. They attend classes at JGMA, are directly involved in providing food for the campus as part of their daily chores, and have become a regionally recognized singing group.

Our campus sits on 16 acres near Matasia, Kenya. A long range plan has been developed for the careful evolution of the property into a sustainable enterprise for up to 20 homes supporting 400 orphans, an expanded school (Pre-K through 12 with current enrollment of over 500 students), a community clinic, and facilities for vocational education open to the local community. A second home building is now complete and construction on a third has been started.

Our secondary school is a boarding school with students from all over Kenya and some surrounding countries. It is near capacity as its reputation has spread. The Pre-School and Primary School enrollment is growing with children who live within a short ride to the campus.

A community clinic, constructed from a converted 40 ft shipping container, was brought to the campus from the U.S. in 2010 and was briefly opened and operated by a team of doctors and nurses from the U.S. in July of that year. Over 500 people from the nearby communities visited the clinic during its brief opening of 10 days, indicating the serious need within the area. Since that time the clinic has been officially certified by the Kenyan Ministry of Health and we continue to see patients regularly from the orphanage, school and nearby community. It is primarily equipped to handle general health issues and to administer pharmaceuticals.

In an effort to help us understand health issues in Kenya, we have obtained support from the Methodist Church of Kenya (MCK), which has a long history of involvement with health care, including the development of hospitals and clinics. The MCK is a member of the Christian Health Alliance of Kenya (CHAK), which provides free or discounted pharmaceuticals and provides training and assistance in the operation of medical facilities in Kenya. Through this connection, PCH has gained further recognition from the United Methodist Church (UMC) in the U.S. as one of its Advance Programs and as a candidate for Volunteers In Missions (VIM) work teams, which perform short term work projects at mission sites. As an Advance Program, donations to PCH can be made through any UMC church with the knowledge that our integrity and effectiveness have been vetted by the UMC and that each donation will be spent only on the actual projects identified.