Wamumbi Orphan Care is a non-profit community based organisation that reaches out to orphaned children and their guardians in Kangema District and provides the support they are otherwise lacking from their local communities. Our services are responsive to the needs of the people we are working with. We run specialised workshops on nutrition, home gardening, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, and female hygiene and sanitation. These comprehensive programs promote the well-being, confidence, and stability of persons living with the consequences of and at risk from HIV/AIDS throughout Kangema.
The aim of Wamumbi Orphan Care is to give orphaned children and their guardians a safe place to come and be with others who understand what they are going through, as well provide a base for life skills training.
We see the potential in each of the children but they need encouragement and support to realise this potential for themselves. Where we are able, school fees are paid for the children to continue their education after primary. Although primary education is free in Kenya, secondary school and further education is not and those who cannot afford it rely on sponsors and government grants which are highly competitive.
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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!