ST. DORCAS ORPHANAGE

About The Orphanage

The St. Dorcas Orphanage is located near Bungoma in western, rural Kenya and provides a safe home for thirty children from the age of three years.

The children are cared for by Matron Juliette and each child attends a local school.

The orphanage is located in a very poor and remote area close to the Ugandan border at an altitude of 7,000ft. The closest town, Bungoma is approximately 30 miles away.

A safe home for thirty children from the age of three years.

The children come into the care of the orphanage for many reasons, read more about some of their stories here, John’s Story & Isaac’s Story.

The current orphanage was opened in August 2013, after the land the original orphanage was located on became insecure.

The orphanage is supported by H&A, a company that makes children’s toiletries, based in York. Angela Jenkins, MD at H&A and Tockwith Church Warden, heard about the situation of the orphanage via the Bungoma Calling charity supported by her church. As H&A is a children’s product company, it made sense to Angela that some of the profits made selling products to children in the UK, should be shared with children who are significantly in need. H&A allocated funds to build an orphanage on a new site with facilities to improve the children’s quality of life and also give them security.

All the children go to school, however school fees need to be paid for all children. Half of the children attend St. Dorcas Primary School which is situated nearby. School years depend on ability not age, so children do not move up until they reach a certain standard. The work ethic in the orphanage is amazing. The children rise at 6am weekdays for school, homework is completed every night after supper, with the older children helping the younger ones. Every Saturday is spent washing their own clothes, washing floors and generally tidying up. Meals usually consist of porridge, beans spinach, rice and maize.

Fundraising for the Future

Fundraising for future orphanage needs is ongoing.

The most recent fundraising push was the Tough Mudder Challenge competed by H&A staff. Read all about the challenge here. (link to Tough Mudder story in news) Previous challenges have included a ‘Biking to Bungoma for Beds Challenge’ to raise money to buy bunk beds for the children.

Finance

All fundraising monies have been controlled throughout the build via Paul Grewer ACMA, Finance Director at H&A. Paul personally overseas all payments to ensure monies donated are sent directly to the orphanage. Paul has visited the orphanage in April 2013 & March 2014.

Here are some recent photos from the orphanage…

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During the April 2015 trip, the children received new bags for school.

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