The Kitale Family House of Hope is a charitable institution registered in Kenya by the National Council of Children’s Services. We minister to orphaned and vulnerable children and currently provide services to 96 children.
Most of them have lost their parents through post-election conflict, HIV/AIDS, natural deaths or abandonment.
We also provide affordable education through our House of Hope Academy to over 250 children from the Namanjalala Location and those in our orphanage. We provide two free meals each day to the children and are currently offering classes from Kindergarten to Class 6.
The impact of HIV/AIDS has been particularly hard on the women in our community. Our desire is to give hope and assistance to widows impacted by this epidemic. We rescue young girls forced into prostitution, early marriage and female genital mutilation. We offer them training in tailoring and dress making and our goal is to give each of them a sewing machine after training.
We are located in Kitale, Kenya in the Trans-Nzoia county, adjacent to Mount Elgon district in the western part of Kenya. Since 1992, this region has been affected by election violence and tribal wars which has led to thousands of deaths and displaced persons. This area was also badly affected by the disputed presidential election in 2007 which also impacted other parts of the country. It is estimated that over 1,300 people died during the post election violence that left over 350,000 families displaced.
Consequently, Kitale Town became a home to thousands of survivors in temporary refugee camps in the area and to many orphans who lost their parents through the violence. They ended up on the streets trying to survive.
As a result of these issues, Trans-Nzoia County, though considered the food basket of the country, has a very high level of poverty. According to the census of 2009, about half of the population can not read and write and Kwanza sub-county, where the Kitale Family House of Hope is situated, leads in poverty and illiteracy levels.
The tribal wars, HIV Aids, Illiteracy and poverty have all contributed to the high number of children in need of care and protection.
The orphans and vulnerable children have lost hope. They are vulnerable to child labor, child prostitution, child trafficking and gender and sexual based violence. Many are starving due to lack of parental care. Stigma is rampant. Many are discriminated especially; those whose parents died of AIDS.
We believe our society has a moral duty and obligation to assist these children. This project is providing food, clothing shelter, care and protection for the most vulnerable in our nation.