By Kiptanui Rutto.
Vulnerable children and orphans at St Jude’s Little Angels Children’s Home, Rongai, have appealed for help from well-wisherrs. Located between Fatima and Nairobi Women Hospital, the children’s home, established in 2009 currently has 150 children. The children attend classes at the home,
The proprietors, Purity Maina and Aniceta Miriti each had a desire to help the less fortunate, and when they discovered their common interest, they resolved to work together.
Maina who spoke to Kajiado County Press said the home started with 15 children in a single room but the number grew steadly until they could not accommodate them. Most of the children are from Kware slum in Ongata Rongai.
They then approached a local resident who had moved from his 2-bedroomed house.The resident gave them the house but they were to pay Sh10,000 rent per month.
“Some of the residents offered to help us while others brought in more children. Some left the children at the gate and we had to make enquiries to find where they came from,” she said adding that after conducting medical check-ups they identified those living with HIV/Aids and transferred them to Beacon of Hope School in Rongai and Dream Centre in Karen.
Since its establishment, St. Jude’s Little Angels has grown and now has classes from Standard One to Six. The children’s home also sponsors six pupils in Standard Seven and Eight at St Anns and PCA Rongai schools.
Maina, however, said the children’s home needs to put up decent classrooms as the current ones constructed with iron sheets are in pathetic condition. They also need more desks and a larger playground.
She said the children lack adequate food while a tent serves as a dining hall.
“We also need a dormitory as the room where the children sleep currently is too small,” she added.