The Rahula Trust

The Rahula Trust

"Education. Don't let poverty limit a child's potential. Sponsor a child today"

(Registered Charity No: 1075742)

Nyumbani Children's Home, Kenya

Nyumbani Children's Home, Kenya

Grim projections showed that by the year 2010 (the latest year for which figures are available) the HIV/AIDS orphan population in sub-Saharan Africa would be 30 – 35 million, of whom more than 18 - 21 million would be desperately destitute. For several years the Rahula Trust has been giving some support to the Nyumbani Children’s Home in Nairobi, which looks after orphan children who are also born HIV+. The children are well fed and clothed. Their HIV status is monitored constantly and they are given appropriate drugs. In fact, the laboratory at Nyumbani is recognised for its outstanding facilities. The Trust has been a regular donor of school equipment to Nyumbani, including an overhead projector, a radio and desks with chairs for their school.

They have now started a new enterprise, Nyumbani Village, on a piece of land about 50 miles from Nairobi in the Kitui district. There is a “missing” generation in Kenya. Elderly people who would have expected to be looked after in their old age by their adult children are finding that they are having to look after these adults while they die from HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, these grandparents are having to raise their grandchildren. Often they themselves are sick, weak and disillusioned, having had to nurse their sick adult children all the way to the grave. So the Nyumbani Village has been designed to bring together both the elderly and very young to live in a community of mutual self-help. It aims at housing and nurturing 160 families, comprising around 1,000 children and 200 elderly grandparents. It has been constructed with great attention to sound ecological principles. Everything, with the exception of the steel, cement and glass has been produced on site. Everybody who has worked on the site has picked up a skilled trade, which should enable them to get a job as a mason, tile maker, blockmaker, surveyor, etc. In many ways, this concept is as important as providing orphans with homes. The community is virually self-supporting agriculturally. Permaculture is the concept of planting a variety of crops in a canopy format. Food crops of differing types and heights are interspersed in such a way as to form water vapour-retaining canopies. This method is much more effective in retaining rainfall. When the moisture undergoes evaporation, it evaporates upward through each layer of growth rather than evaporating into the air. This type of agriculture works very well in areas that have limited rainfall. The Rahula Trust has helped to equip the school built on site.