CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya

Good Samaritan Childrens Centre

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Good Samaritan Childrens Centre

Good Samaritan Children’s Centre cares for orphans and vulnerable children by enhancing their growth and development through the provision of shelter, education and other basic needs. The children are victims of teenage pregnancy, child abuse or torture who are between 8 months and 18 years of age.

 

 

Project Profile

Good Samaritan Children’s Centre is a community-based organization established in 2004 to cater to the needs of orphans and vulnerable children (VOC) in Soweto slums. The center started with two children who were abandoned by their parents, rescued by the area district officials, and brought to the founder's house. The home offers shelter to over 63 boys and girls; orphaned due to the HIV epidemic, poverty or unwanted pregnancies. The children's circumstances and histories are as different as their personalities. Now they have optimism and an opportunity for a positive future. The dedicated caregivers at the project are working hard to provide the basics of life like shelter, food, and security. They are acutely aware, however, that it is education that can break the cycle of poverty.

Kenya has over one million orphans and vulnerable children living in children’s homes, which are predominantly privately funded and operated, there is little government assistance. From time to time, they receive donations of food items and clothing from people in the local community and other well-wishers.

The caregivers at the orphanage are dedicated and loving, doing the best they can with the little resources they have. At the very least, they are providing these children with a stable family environment. They also have a primary school section running from preschool to standard six. 

Location

The project is located in Soweto Slums, Kayole, in the Eastern Nairobi region.

Workcamp activities

  • Assisting teachers in writing lessons on the blackboard for the children
  • Assisting in teaching children to write and pronounce words
  • Assisting children in counting numbers for basic mathematics
  • Playing with the children
  • Telling stories of a different country to the children so as to motivate them
  • Teaching young teenage girls about personal sanitation and health

Accommodation

The volunteer will live in a host family, about 10 minutes drive to the project. Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the host family and volunteers will get lunch at the project.

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