Faraja Children's Home was originally started in 2005 in Kenya's largest slum, Kibera, by a woman known as Momma Moraa. Since it's beginnings, the home has encountered countless challenges to include multiple evictions, not knowing where the next meal will come from, and loss of livestock. The home is currently located in Ngong, and houses 37 children between the ages of 2 and 16. Faraja's mission is to provide vulnerable and orphaned children with opportunities to live a healthy and successful life.
Since we began supporting Faraja in January of 2012, we have constructed a new security wall for the compound, purchased bunk beds for the children, paid for school fees and school supplies, and assisted in numerous other home improvements. We have also been able to provide medical support to many of the children, including specialized care for HIV-positive children and hearing aids for a hearing-impaired child.
We are currently working with Faraja to set up long-term sustainability projects that will provide for the home. We have purchased two milking cows, improved the home's garden to yield more crops, and helped start a Day Care Center to bring in additional income. We are now looking to find sponsors for all of the children so that they may further their education at the best schools possible.
Ultimately, our goal is to help Faraja embody its name - which means a place of solace and compassion in Swahili.
FARAJA CHILDREN'S HOME SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM COMING SOON!
Omari is the son to Momma Moraa. In January 2012 he suffered a near fatal blow to the face with a machete while defending the children of the orphanage from intruders.
Due to the home’s insecurity at the time a group of thugs was easily able to break into the home to steal whatever they could find. During the fourth break-in two weeks Omari did the best he could to fight them off, armed with only a hammer. This photo was taken two days after he returned from the hospital.
After hearing about the orphanage and posting the story and appeal to Reddit.com, we received an overwhelming amount of support from the online community--over $80,000 in 48 hours! With this support we were able to take immediate steps to ensure the security of the orphanage, and have since completed a proper security wall for the home, among many other improvements.
We are also very happy to say Omari has fully recovered and has been indispensable in the continued development of Faraja Children's Home.