Ruth Kyatha and her team had their hands full even before inflation started spiking last year – at a much higher rate than we have seen in Canada and the US. But thankfully, the much prayed-for rains eventually came at the end of 2022, and it looks like there will be a good local harvest, and that food prices might just drop a little.
Elizabeth plans to be a doctor now – but not too many years ago she “had no hope for her future,” as she told us recently. Orphaned, being raised by her grandmother, an aunt was paying for her school fees, but then at one point was not able to continue paying as the money had simply run out. This meant that Elizabeth could not attend high school, a fee-based system in Kenya. But then someone from Creation of Hope visited her – it was on a Sunday, she tells us – and by a Monday Elizabeth was enrolled in high …
“Grandmother Ruth” created a loving and practical response to the AIDS orphan crisis in Kenya, and along with Creation of Hope champions Eric & Anita Walters, these three caring people responded to an enormous tragedy with enormous love! This caring ministry is continually growing to meet the needs of the children.
Creation of Hope, located in the rural town of Kikima, Kenya, has been taking care of orphans living on the street, as well as other vulnerable children in their community. They have been providing support through education, nutrition, spiritual nurturing, and emotional needs since 2009. Currently, nearly 80 orphans live at Creation of Hope – with several hundred children served in total. The outreach is also supported by Kenyan churches.
Creation of Hope, located in the rural town of Kikima, Kenya, has been taking care of orphans living on the street, as well as other vulnerable children in their community. They have been providing support through education, nutrition, spiritual nurturing, and emotional needs since 2009. Currently, 79 orphans live at Creation of Hope – with several hundred children served in total. The outreach is also supported by 128 Kenyan churches.
Virginia is currently twelve years old and is the second born in a family of 5 children. When she was about seven years old, her parents abandoned her and her siblings. The children moved in with a male cousin, only slightly older, and her older sister became the mother and caretaker of them all. They had nothing and lived in a constant state of uncertainty.
“I can say that no child has failed to do what they wanted to do because of a lack of support thanks to our supporters and child sponsors,” shared Ruth Kyatha, General Manager of the program. The outreach is also supported by no fewer than 128 Kenyan churches that contribute three times a year.
Creation of Hope continues to reach out to children outside of the home, keeping children with local guardians wherever possible. To that end, 168 families received food distributions during three distribution periods, impacting many children, while 25 families in greater need received distributions on a monthly basis.
At 8-years old, living in a suburban slum, Willi had never even been to school. When his mother left early each morning to clean people’s homes, he was left to care for his younger sister and infant brother. Often they ate just one meal a day. “It was hectic” Willi said shaking his head. “It was a life that no child would ask for.” Willi’s mother passed away soon after contracting HIV. All of a sudden, at eight years old, he was responsible for a six-year-old sister and 9-month-old baby brother – who, sadly, was also HIV+. As the parent …
The Komu’s were a child-headed household after the parents abandoned the children.
When Keli was found as a child at the home of his grandparents, his grandparents were elderly, unwell, and unable to provide any care for him.