formation of management committee of volunteers
In October 1999, a management committee of 11 volunteers was constituted to study in participatory way issues related to HIV/AIDS, causes, effects and impact in the immediate community. One of their immediate concerns was the plight of children orphaned or made vulnerable a result of HIV/AIDS. As a result of the magnitude of the need the committee proposed a home for destitute and/or abandoned HIV positive children.
When the management committee settled on a Home for destitute and abandoned HIV positive children they embarked on resource mobilization. Key to this was community involvement and participation to enlist ownership and sustainability. A series of awareness raising and fundraisings were conducted in the catchment area. Eventually in December 2003, the community had raised Kshs 3 million towards the construction of the home. Additional funds were sought elsewhere and by June 2005 the necessary infrastructures were in place and the Home was ready to receive the first lot of children.
The Home is built on 3 acres piece of land and has the following facilities and assets:
The main house with six units each with a capacity of 14 children. Each unit contains a living room/ dinning room, dormitory, houseparent room and washroom. Other facilities in the main house include administrator’s wing, hall, chapel, kitchen, infirmary, meeting room and study rooms. All these facilities are well equipped to meet the needs of the children.
-2 Boy’s dormitories. These accommodates 28 boys between ages 12-22 years and has three additional self contained rooms for house father and volunteers.
– Laundry equipped with three dry cleaning machines
– Concrete water tank with a capacity of 40,000 litres.
– Raised plastic water tank with a capacity of 10,000 litres
– 3 Second hand 14 seater vans.
pain and bereavement
Talitha Kum Children’s Home opened its doors with a promise to give back childhood to those who never had one. Tears of joy engulfed the air as the community saw a new beginning, a new life and a renewed hope for the first group of HIV positive children. The Home has lost 10 children up to now. This was devastating, traumatizing and the blossoming flower seemed to be drying up. The future became uncertain but one important lesson emerged. The Home was there to add life in the days of the children but not days in their life through undying care, genuine and unconditional love.