Nissi orphanage

Organization Description: 

Poverty in the Narok District of Kenya is widespread and is due to very limited job opportunities, poor education and low school retention, Maasai culture (where a good percentage of men spend their early adult life as warriors in the forest), alcohol/drug abuse, inadequate infrastructure, wildlife/human conflict, limited natural resources, etc. The District has also been severely affected by HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, Narok experienced significant disruption during the 2007 elections. All of the above phenomena have resulted in a significant number of orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children. Nissi began to operate since 2006 and is a registered organization.

The Orphanage

Nissi orphanage was created as a safe haven for destitute children. The orphanage cares for 55 children, 25 of whom were orphaned due to HIV/AIDS (10 are HIV+), 4 were abandoned on the streets and 26 were displaced during the 2007 post-election violence. Of the total:

25 are boys ranging in age from 4 -15 years,

30 are girls ranging in age from 3 -16 years.

Sleeping room

The Nissi Orphange is located in simple rented facilities in Narok town. The orphanage serves the entire community and accepts children from all tribes and faiths. Nissi cooperates and collaborates with other groups in the community that are addressing the needs of vulnerable children.

Two abandoned children found

Nissi is the only orphanage in the area. Except for its own income generating efforts (notably farming), it survives, almost exclusively, on small contributions from a few benefactors in the community. However, due to the worsening economy some of this support is no longer available. Government assistance is limited to providing free ARVs to HIV+ orphans. With such meager levels of assistance, only the very basic needs of the children can be met (eg: children sleep on shared mattresses on dirt floors).

Nissi is run by 2 directors and a 5-member Board. Among the board members, we have a doctor, an accountant and a graduate teacher. We meet weekly to discuss programs and to make decisions. Nissi also operates a pre-school and primary school with the help of 8 volunteer teachers. The school has attracted 45 more vulnerable children from out side. Four volunteer caregivers support the orphans and work at the Centres kitchen. The school and the living quarters are on opposite sides of Narok.

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Mission Statement: 

To improve the general lives of the impoverished children, street kids and poverty eradication.

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