1. Co-founder and Chairperson
Martha Muthoni Njoroge
Having grown up as an orphan herself, Martha understands the pain of not only losing her parents but also the stigmatisation that can come from being orphaned. She is well-known within her local area and is working hard to reach out and support orphaned children through Wamumbi Orphan Care that she founded with Genevieve. Wamumbi means 'Mother of Mumbi', Martha's daughter is called Mumbi - Wamumbi is Martha. The organisation runs well because she is there organising meetings and workshops, talking with the children and their guardians regularly and providing constant support and encouragement. Without her initial vision and continual hard work, our organisation would not exist!
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Despite facing some challenges at the start of this year we are continuing to support our teenagers through secondary school and those doing vocational courses with money we have managed to fundraise from family and friends. We're in the process of making grant applications to ensure we can continue our work into the future. Sad news this month is that one of our grandmothers has passed away leaving behind the two siblings she was caring for, we will do our best to support them as they go through this difficult time.
We are currently supporting 15 teenagers through the third term of secondary school, with two more being sponsored by Equity Bank. In August we ran two sexual health workshops, one for our guardians and members of the wider community, and the other for all our teenagers 11yrs+. This was in collaboration with the ABCs of Sex Education who did a fantastic job, bringing a great sense of humour into an otherwise serious topic. We have also run four more successful workshops this year in April, May and August. Theatre, art, music and counselling through this medium is having a transformative effect on all our children. They are noticeably less depressed, more confident, and building strong relationships with their peers and guardians.
This month we're holding two workshops during the Easter holidays for our youngsters - one is a 10 day residential theatre and art therapy workshop and the other is a four day music workshop. We're excited to be able to give the children this opportunity to learn and grow in such creative spaces!