PCC was introduced to Sammy and Millie Nawali, a couple working together to help orphans in Nakuru, Kenya. We have visited their project a number of times over the past ten years and taken teams of people there from the UK and overseas.
Our desire is to educate people from Western countries to understand the needs of this community. In Nakuru town there are street kids addicted to glue sniffing, prostitution and homelessness. We also want people to be aware of the social needs of the very poor and starving. Sammy and Millie have embraced these needs through social action.
In the years we have been visiting them we have seen a self sustaining co-operative develop. They have provided shelter, care, education, water, transportation, employment and crops to children, young people and adults, to a section of the Kenya population that others would prefer to ignore.
They are witnessing people’s lives completely turnaround. Where there was despair there is now hope. People are being cared for, given back their self worth, sense of purpose, turning their back on their addictions and now giving back into their community.
There is room for growth and sponsorship. People arrive daily looking for help.
You can get involved by joining one of our visiting teams and working in the project as a volunteer, or by giving financially. We would like your money because money can bring change but what we really want is your heart.
Note: The project descriptions and numbers below are from December 2014. Since then, we have launched Rain Edge High school, the Sure Chick enterprise and added even more children and staff. Contact us or check our facebook pages for the most recent updates!
SURE 24 HOMES
Currently, the total number of children in the home is 152. The home has:
SURE 24 RESTORATION HOUSE
This is a rehabilitation centre currently housing 7 girls and 11 boys, all formally street children. They have a house mother and father that live with them .This is a couple that was a former street family as well.
SURE 24 BOYS
The boys’ dorm houses 67 boys aged 8-19 years, all school going. They are chaperoned by a patron that lives with them.
SURE 24 GIRLS
The girls’ dorm houses 57 girls aged 8-19 years, all school going. They are chaperoned by a matron that lives with them
SURE 24 NURSERY
The nursery houses 11 boys and 4 girls aged between 3-7 years, with separate sleeping areas for boys and girls. They live with two female care givers who offer the much needed care and attention at this tender age.
The total number of employees serving the children is 22. These serve as social workers (2), matrons (2), patron (1), caregivers (2), house parents (2) cooks (2), cleaners (7), storekeeper (1) and guards (3)
Twenty four of the sure 24 children are at different boarding high schools. Each of the high school pupils needs between 130 GBP/225$ to 285 GBP/500$ per term (3 months); the Kenyan school calendar has 3 terms in a year. Besides the high school children from sure 24, we have 13 children from the community that we cater for through high school, all of whom have no sponsors yet.
UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE
The government of Kenya does not allow children beyond 18 years that have completed basic education to be housed at the home. We therefore currently have 7 in this category, 5 formally from sure 24 and 2 from the community in universities and colleges.
NB: We currently have two boys at the sure 24 restoration house that are beyond school going age. One is still undergoing rehabilitation and is keen on starting school. The other is training at the garage to be a mechanic.
LIVING FOUNTAIN ACADEMY
This is a kindergarten and a primary school that has gradually grown from the initial 4 preschool classes made of clay, to the current 13 classes and a multi-purpose hall made of bricks. The current population is 314 pupils.
– Another 45 of the school population are from the community and we cater for their education however, we currently don’t receive any financial support for them.
– We also have 147 children from the community that pay a minimal fee that caters for their tuition, books, tea and lunch for a term (3 months). This ranges from 18 GBP/32$ (U.S) to 25 GBP/44$ (U.S)
This is an arm of Rain edge International Centre whose main objective is to generate income and/or subsidise expenditure in order to break even financially.
The enterprise consists of several departments namely:
Sewing, knitting and repairing of uniforms and clothes for the sure 24 children is done here. In case of demand from the community, sewing and knitting is done to generate income.
This consists of a borehole, water purification and bottling. It offers services to both sure 24 and at certain price to the community.
All the metallic work is done here i.e. metal doors, frames, window grills, e.t.c.
CARPENTRY AND JOINERY
This is where all the wood work is done i.e. desks, lockers, tables, chairs, beds, doors, e.t.c.
It offers mechanical services and sells spare parts to the community. It also gives free training to children from sure 24 that are beyond school going age and those from the
Since we are a growing organisation, we always have an ongoing construction. We have a team of reformed and rehabilitated local youths that works on construction.
Due to the population at Sure 24, the food budget is always high. We therefore lease patches of land to grow food to subsidise the food for budget. We also have a greenhouse that periodically supplies fresh vegetables for the children’s’ meals and a bit extra for sale.
This department seeks to find a market for all goods and services that rain edge offers.
Currently the total number of staff in the enterprise is 27. However when need be e.g. when major construction is in process, more casual labourers are contracted depending on the load. Also, during planting, weeding and harvesting seasons more casual labourers are contracted to work on the leased land.