The Holding Hands Children’s Home was founded in 2011 after a member of our team learned about young children living in a dumpsite, fending for themselves in Nakuru, Kenya.
The home is now a Village, called Miti Mingi (Many Trees) Village, located 1.2km from Aberdare Ranges Primary School, providing a safe and loving home for 120 orphaned and vulnerable children who are cared for by a team of dedicated ‘house mothers’. All of the children are receiving a quality education at the school.
The Village is a bright, colorful and safe place with 15 individual family homes, each with 8 children -‘siblings’ – and a nurturing ‘mother’ that has committed to be with them for life.
So They Can partnered with SOS Children’s Villages to ensure that the Village is operated according to world’s best practice. SOS is a worldwide charity operating in 125 countries, caring for 62,000 children in over 540 villages. Their belief is consistent with ours that “every child should belong to a family and grow up with love, respect and security”.
We will continue to work with SOS Children’s Villages to vigorously monitor our children’s physical and emotional wellbeing to ensure that Miti Mingi Village continues to be a model environment implementing internationally recognised best practice in caring for children.
Most importantly, under the loving guidance of Village Director, James Wabara, the children are enjoying a childhood that is far removed from an institutional upbringing, offering love and hope for a poverty-free future.