During the main period of Covid-19 Namrata Shah took the decision to place the children in their care with extended family or guardians. Life for these families is normally challenging anyway but with the added restrictions that Covid brought it meant that a lot of casual labour that families rely on for day to day needs reduced. Through Hand in Hand's Food appeal we were able to fund several distributions of food to these families to help sustain them during the period.
Lives impacted by the work of Namrata Shah
Dorcas is so grateful for all of the support and care she has received from Namrata Shah and is hopeful for her future. She recently completed her training in catering and dreams of one day running her own restaurant. During her studies, she has been an active participant in our Mentorship Programme and expresses extreme gratitude for the support and encouragement that these sessions have given her.
Currently serving 30 young people (2019)
Age range: 4-18
Partner since: 2005
Namrata Shah in Thika is a home for vulnerable and orphaned children. The Anglican Thika Diocese, with whom Hand in Hand have developed their relationship, run the home and in recent years the Hand in Hand community have provided secondary school fees for the Namrata Shah children. During this relationship, supporters have also provided funding for underground rainwater harvesting tanks, a new kitchen and provided a Centre Manager's House giving constant site supervision.
Thika is an industrial town which has suffered terribly from the effects of HIV, resulting in a large number of orphaned children needing care.
A Home for Children
Namrata Shah is home to 17 primary aged children and is guardian to a further 13 students in secondary education and training.
All children from the home are sponsored into pre-primary, primary and secondary education.
Children from this project are considered for our training and mentorship programme
Sum required to drill a borehole (£)
In recent years the home has concentrated efforts on generating local support from businesses, individuals and members of the local Anglican Diocese. Such support means the home has made the equivalent of what is needed to care for all the children who are primary school age.
Namrata Shah also have plans for a borehole which would reduce the home's costs and allow them to sustain crops grown for the home's food requirements as well as generating income from extra produce sold.