Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?
Twiga Children’s Centre is run and supported by Kenyan Community Support Initiative, a non-profit organization based in Kisii, Kenya, that is run by a team of volunteers. The centre has been established to give support and aid to orphaned and vulnerable children, by providing food, clothes, education and counselling.
Twiga is financed by the directors and small donations from Europe and the USA, and the amount of work we can do is proportional to the amount of money we receive – but we never turn a needy child away.
What is your project and how will it help?
We inherited a plot of land and rather than do what most Kenyans do – build their home on it – we decided to dedicate it to the orphans of Kisii, but now we need two dormitories, a dining/cooking block, washing block and a leisure/study block.
We have recently planted a vegetable plot so that the children can grow their own food. We are growing kale, beans, peas, onions, etc.
We already have banana and guava trees and a small pineapple plot.
The project will help to improve the services we can offer the children we look after.
How can other people partner with you on your project?
Currently, the Centre is seeking partners who are ready to work with us in ensuring a better future for orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children.
Interested parties should contact our project Manager Vincent or David KCSI in the UK.
We thank you for your interest and hope to hear from you soon.
Please detail the resources that you need.
Housing: for children on our register with no extended family, we have planned a small orphanage consisting of two dormitories, washing and toilet facilities. We already have a building that will be converted to the dining/study area, a kitchen and matron’s quarters.
We will also need furniture – bunks, tables chairs, chests of drawers for clothes. A filing cabinet for the office would also be useful.
We would also like electricity, although we have plans to generate our own. With an electricity supply, the study/leisure area can have a computer, television, etc.
We need cement, poles, roof struts, corrugated roofing sheet, window and door frames.
Clothing & Toys: Clean, used clothing in good condition is always welcome.
In addition, there is an ongoing need for new clothing such as socks, shoes, shirts, undergarments, sweaters, jackets, gloves, mittens, as well as blankets, sheets, toiletries, grooming aids and toys for children.
If you want to help from outside Kenya, please do not send parcels as we have to pay import duty on everything we receive. To help us best, please make a cash donation.
Food: Twiga has a vegetable plot. It is quite new and we haven’t had a crop from it yet. However we will be trying to grow crops all year-round so that there is always something for the children to eat. We are also teaching the older children how to sow seed and tend crops.
The best way to help the Centre feed our charges is to send a financial gift that may be used for that purpose. Unfortunately, food parcels sent from abroad attract import duty which we have to pay before we can collect it.
Books: Our children need books to study as well as novels to improve their English. They also need exercise books for school and homework.
Television: We would like to get a television in the orphanage to keep our kids busy when they have free time or leisure time in the orphanage.
Wish List: A van or minibus to transport the children and for medical runs to the hospital.
A television in the leisure/study area.
Bicycles for the staff and workers.
If you are donating food or clothing from within Kenya, please contact us to make arrangements.
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