Social Welfare Programmes
The social welfare programs at Moving Mountains Kenya focus on creating safe, warm, and loving environments for the disadvantaged children and young adults of our communities. Our goal is to reintegrate these children into society by working on child-focused projects as well as infrastructural programmes.
We believe that every child deserves to be loved and to receive the attention he or she requires. Unfortunately today in Kenya, many children grow up as orphans, street children, or abandoned. This may be due to the death of their parents from HIV/AIDS, some other illness, or simply because their parents could not afford to raise them.
Meet Happy, one of the beneficiaries of Moving Mountains Kenya with great dreams and a vision for her future:
Over twenty years, we’ve seen massive success from our programs. Individual children that we sponsored in the 1990s have now grown into responsible adults, some of whom work with Moving Mountains Kenya! We’ve watched our communities develop, seen businesses blossom, and seen the overall quality of life improve for the children and families we work with.
It is this success that inspires us to continue our social welfare programs as a children's charity in Kenya. Our success depends on the support of our donors and friends. To join us, make a donation today to support our communities in Kenya.
Social Welfare is Child Welfare at Embu Rescue Center
Our primary social welfare programmes work with disadvantaged children across Kenya to provide them with the security, love, and education that they need in order to thrive and grow into adults. These child welfare programmes are designed to address many of the issues that orphaned and street children face in Kenya, including lack of stable housing, lack of nutrition, and lack of emotional support.
One of our first children social welfare programmes was the Embu Rescue Centre for Street Children in Eastern Kenya. Here, we have created a space where children can come and receive support from caring adult staff and volunteers.
Our centre in Embu is open every day, providing street kids in Embu with showers, toilets, free meals, and access to our educational and vocational workshops that are run from the centre. Currently, we care for about 100 to 120 children each day. During severe droughts, as the price of food increases in Kenya, that number rises to 150.
The social welfare programmes at our Embu Rescue Center have seen many success stories, from children returning to education to growing up and purchasing new homes for their families.
A Holistic Approach to Child Welfare at Ulamba Children’s Home
Since 2002, Moving Mountains Kenya has developed the Ulamba Children’s Home as a safe space for orphans, runaways, and abandoned children to live and grow. All of the children we support at Ulamba are wardens of the court and are at risk of being left behind by their society.
The Ulamba Children’s Home is a fully operational space for children to live; offering dormitories, a kitchen, staff quarters, a guesthouse, an early childhood development centre, play area, and more. Here, we take a holistic approach to reintegrating children into society by caring for them full-time.
All of the children staying at the Ulamba Children’s Home attend school full-time and receive counselling services. The centre is staffed by Kenyan staff, and Moving Mountains Kenya provides the running costs to support their valuable work.
We are incredibly proud and impressed by the children we support here in Ulamba. Our staff and volunteers are able to learn every day from the fortitude and strength of these young people. It is this strength of spirit that encourages us to keep working on our children’s welfare programmes here in Kenya.
Supporting Social Welfare through Infrastructure
One of our most exciting social welfare programmes in Kenya works on the infrastructure in an area of the country known as Solio. In recent times, this region has an extremely interesting history and we’re very excited about the work we’ve been doing there.
In 2008, the government of Kenya designated Solio as a home for displaced people. There are about 20,000 people living there. For years, they were living in temporary housing. Solio became a refugee camp instead of a safe home.
That is why Moving Mountains Kenya began the Solio Village Community Infrastructure project, aimed at turning this displaced persons camp into a safe and healthy community. This 10-year infrastructure development project aims at supporting the people of Solio to build and reinforce their own infrastructure through the construction of schools, housing, and health facilities.
We firmly believe that the basis for a safe and healthy community is a functioning infrastructure. It is our hope that working in partnership with the Solio community, we will be able to turn Solio into a thriving community.
Social Welfare Programmes as Long-Term Development
All of our social welfare programmes, whether it is those outlined above, our work with Mama Fatima Goodwill Children’s Home, or any of the other projects we run around Kenya, are all focused on long-term development goals.
We don’t run a single project in isolation. Instead, every school we build, or child we care for is part of our larger aim: to create healthy, sustainable communities that can care for themselves both emotionally and financially.
Help us continue our valuable work creating long-term, sustainable change across Kenya. Make a donation today!