Huruma school's Residential Hostel for vulnerable Children
Organized by: Joseph Ondieki
Huruma School is a project of Huruma Child Orphanage Self-Help Group. The group operating in a rural environment in Kenya supports children from underprivileged backgrounds. We have been supporting the children since 2003. Over time we realized we could do it better if we started a basic education institution where we could offer the children education customized for their needs. As a result several of these children have gone through their primary education successfully and some of our earliest students are now in university. The school supports orphan children and children from poor families. Such children are most likely to drop out of ordinary public schools due to the challenges they face from home since such schools lack a specific program for following them up. We also provide breakfast and lunch for the children donated by well-wishers. Children from poor, unmarried and school drop-out young mothers also find a home in our school. Children from such mothers are usually victims of stigma and rejection. We wish to fund-raise $100000 to enable us build two boarding blocks for the children. Most of our children operate under a day program. However there are some who are most vulnerable and it only becomes necessary that they are given accommodation within school. A good example is Joshua in class five. Joshua's mother separated with her husband before he was born, leaving behind four children with her husband. Later she gave birth to Joshua outside wedlock. The culture in our locality does not allow Joshua's mother to be legally remarried again. After some years of separation, Joshua's mother developed health complications- a cancerous tumor on her left cheek that cannot allow her support herself and Joshua. Efforts by the mother to go back to the former home could not bear fruit since Joshua could not be admitted into the home by his step-father. Some relative offered to support the ailing mother. Joshua could not find a place wherehe could stay and attend school. It is only when his ailing mother was informed of Huruma school that she came in person and narrated her situation that Joshua joined the other group of our underprivileged children in our school. Since then,Joshua stays peacefully in our wooden halls of residence and attends school with no serious social challenges. When he joined the school, we urged him to repeat a lower grade so that he could catch up with the syllabus to which freely agreed. After two years in school, Joshua is now the best student in his class and we hope he will make it to one of the best High schools in the country. The children with stories comparable to one of Joshua are many in our school. Such are the children who make it absolutely important to have accommodation for them, both boys and girls. Unfortunately, we have not been able to provide descent facilities for them due to lack of funds. Other areas that are affected are the Kitchen and the latrines. We sincerely appeal to all well-wishes to stand with us in our plans to build a descent hostel for Joshua and his colleagues. Any funds raised will be faithfully utilized to improve their lives in the school.