Thanks to all who contributed to the Christmas Wish List this year. Thanks to you, all of the needs identified for the orphanage were funded. God has truly blessed PCH with such great supporters. We will be providing pictures in the next few days of some of the items and activities provided through your generosity.
Our girls are now living happy and healthy lives at Providence Children’s Home and Community Center. They each come from different regions in Kenya, some from one of the largest slums in Africa – Kibera. This means they speak different languages and have different originating communities but what they all have in common is that both their mothers and fathers died from HIV/AIDS when they were very young.
There are millions of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Sub-Sahara Africa. Over two million such children live in Kenya alone. With your help Providence Children’s home can provide a safe, healthy and loving home to children in the Ngong Hills region of Kenya, about 30 kilometers west of Nairobi. In this Christian based environment, the children also get a strong educational foundation and quality health care through our school and clinic, that both meet the needs of the local and broader regional communities.
PCH has a Clinic that sees to the health needs of children from the orphanage and school and families from the surrounding community. The Clinic routinely provides general health screening and administers medications for common ailments. This is one way that PCH is reaching out beyond its walls to the benefit of all in the Matasia area. The Clinic Nurse, Moses Mbuthia, is assisted by his Lab Technician, Pius. Our Clinic is the only one for several miles with its own Laboratory to diagnose conditions, saving patrons the need to travel long distances to a hospital for expensive care. Orphans and students are provided free health care, while members of the community are charged a nominal fee to cover a small portion of the expenses to run the Clinic. On occasion, a team of doctors and nurses visit from the U.S. for more extensive screening and diagnoses.
The Rehoboth Home is now completed and fully furnished. The orphans who have lived in the original Ebenezer Home will move into Rehoboth the first week of November. This will make room at Ebenezer for the 20 new orphans. Five of these girls will arrive as soon as Ebenezer is vacated. Kagendo, the Head Home Mother, together with Carol, the Home Social Worker and Stephen Githumbi, the PCH Executive Director Kenya, selected the new girls from a group of orphans known as OVC (Orphaned Vulnerable Children). These children have lost their parents and have no relative or family friend who can care for them. They are truly the most destitute of all orphans in Kenya and were left with little hope of a fulfilling future. It is such a future that we at PCH hope to provide them through God’s love and the care and support of Kagendo and her team of helpers.