International Peace Initiatives – Kenya’s (IPI) response to the orphans crisis is in form of the establishment of the Amani Children’s Homes (ACHs). The first one, based in Kithoka sub-location of Chugu Location, Imenti North District, hence the name Kithoka Amani Children’s Home (KACH) is a community home expected to house 60 children. The Home provides love, care, shelter, food, clothing, education and security for the children. The age of children at the Home ranges from 6 to 18 years. KACH opened its doors to the first 10 orphans in August, 2009. KACH is a child rights-focused, community supported home for children who have lost parents to AIDS and other afflictions related to poverty. By providing staff-supervised housing in a children’s home environment, the orphans are able to stay close to extended family and remain in familiar surroundings, while they go to local schools.
We opened KACH in 2009 with ten (10) children. Today, ten years down the road, we have 73 kids at the Home and another 10 supported from outside of KACH. We support children from baby class to university. We have graduated 26 bachelor degree holders and 5 Masters degree holders and many more high school graduates. Currently, we have 15 students in various post-secondary institutions. Most organisations collapse once the founder dies. I feel that we need to set up a system that ensures all the children at the Home will be able to complete education to whatever level they wish to, whether the founder is around or not. That is why I wish to start an Endowment Fund to ensure these kids are taken care of and the Home is well and alive long after I am gone.