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This year on February 5th, 2011, Hope for Orphans Rescue and Education Centre (HOREC) celebrated its 6th birthday. In that time the project has seen amazing growth and progress through the generous donations from individuals and organizations, as well as the hard, unrelenting effort of its founder, Christine Wambui.
For Christine, HOREC began on a personal level when her sister passed away due to infection with HIV/AIDS. After her sister’s death, Christine vowed to do her small part for those afflicted with the virus. She began going to the slum areas of Nairobi, Kenya regularly to care for sick women. As many died, they left children orphaned and in a very vulnerable position. Christine began to take the girls into her home as they are the most at risk of being taken advantage of. Once she had taken in eight children, she began renting a 2 bedroom home with the help of a volunteer housemother.
When I first came to HOREC in June 2007 there were seventeen girls living in the same two bedroom house and two house mothers. At that time, the project and Christine were struggling to stay afloat. Finding the funding for rent, food, water, and school fees was a constant worry each month. The choice between food and shelter was very real. Homelessness because of the inability to make rent was always on the horizon. Often, Christine was forced to go around and ask community members for small donations to provide food for the children each week.
During the time I was here, a lady from the United States that was volunteering for a couple of weeks at HOREC saw Christine’s compassion for the children and improving their lives’, as well as her constant struggle to find the funds to do this. She donated the money to purchase one acre of land to begin the construction of HOREC’s very own compound.
Today, the HOREC project has come very far from where it was three and a half years ago when I was last here. The families that were ripped apart from HIV/AIDS have been reunited as the brothers are now able to live on the compound due to the increase in space. There are now thirty-one children living at HOREC. There is a girls’ dormitory capable of housing thirty girls, a newly constructed boys’ dormitory capable of housing twenty boys, a kitchen, a dining hall, a nursery school, and an office for the onsite social worker. On staff there are three security guards (one during the day, two at night), a social worker, one housemother, one cook, a laundry washer, and one grounds man. Additionally, many projects have been established to further self-sustainability including a chicken farm with 200 chicks and 200 chickens, raising eight goats for milk and meat, and a new planted garden to grow and provide their own vegetables.
I arrived back to HOREC on January, 15th, 2011. I was so taken aback and overjoyed to see the amazing progress that has taken place over the last few years. Although, I have been in constant contact with Christine and was aware of the changes, it was an altogether different experience to see it with my own eyes. I know the challenges and obstacles that have presented themselves along the way and it is simply remarkable to see them overcome on the road to continued success. There is still much work to be done but I am confident that in the next two years HOREC will be fully self-sustaining.
Currently, HOREC wants to begin a fish farm, build a cow shed, and purchase two cows to provide nourishment for the children, as well as income generation. As the fishpond project is already being overseen by an organization and subsidized by the government, I would like to begin fundraising for the cow project. I have already surveyed the land to determine where the cow shed will be built, contacted the builder to get an estimate of cost, and contacted local cow farmers to determine the cost of the cows and their upkeep. The total cost for the project is $4,800 USD. This includes the building materials for a barn that is capable of housing six cows, construction, two cows, food for three months, vaccines, and insurance for one year.
The cows will not only provide milk for the children and save the project money it usually spends on purchasing milk, but will also be providing additional income as the manure will be sold as bio-fertilizer and additional milk produced will also be sold. This will raise approximately $150 USD each month. This money will pay for the cows’ food each month, as well as be used to further the project by purchasing additional cows.
I have also visited a regional bio-gas plant that converts cow and pig manure into gasoline, which is then able to be used for lighting and cooking. Eventually, the goal is to install a bio-gas plant at the project. This would eliminate the monthly electricity and gasoline bills ($450 USD/month), plus provide additional income as the extra gas produced could be sold to neighbouring households.
HOREC is currently partnered with a US-based fundraising organization called International Treasure House Ministries (ITHM). 90% of the money donated in HOREC’s name will go directly to the project, the other 10% is for administration fees and covering the cost of transferring the funds to Kenya. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated and will go far in helping accomplish this project and further HOREC’s self-sustainability. All donations can be made out to ITHM and sent to:
23223 S. Warmstone Way
Katy, TX, USA 77494
Please include a note with the donation requesting the donation be used for the HOREC cow project. A receipt will be sent to you at the end of the year for tax purposes.
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