Lives impacted by the work of New Hope
"My name is Cecilia and I joined New Hope Children's Home at the age of nine after my mum, a single parent, passed away. My three siblings and I were left in the care of our then 75-year-old grandfather. We encountered many difficulties, and at times would go without meals for the whole day since we had no source of livelihood and depended on our neighbours and well-wishers. It was then that a neighbour referred our grandfather to Mama Anne, who had just started a children's home in the neighbourhood. At the time, only girls were allowed to go, so I arrived at New Hope along with my older sister, and my brothers went to live with some relatives.
Life at New Hope was better. We were able to go to school and met kids whose circumstances were similar ours. I joined Class Two and I became the best student in my class. I would score 100%! Throughout my primary and secondary schooling, I did well, and in 2011 I was invited to Mount Kenya University to do a bachelors in Law. Doing law had always been my dream, so I was very excited at the prospect.
By God's grace, I managed to complete my degree and I am now a registered Advocate of the High Court of Kenya! I never take for granted that I had people who believed in me and my capabilities."
Currently serving 235 children and youth (2019)
Age range: 0-18
Partner since: 2000
Hand in Hand's relationship with New Hope Children’s Home in the Uplands region began the year of its conception (2000). Throughout this time, we have seen New Hope transform the lives of children that once had little hope into young adults who can support themselves and care for their own families. The work of New Hope reaches beyond the walls of the compound into the community assisting struggling families caring for their children.
New Hope are always looking to respond to the current needs and directives from the government. In 2019 the development of Oakridge School of Excellence for primary school children started on site to respond to the need for quality primary education.
Uplands is a rural area where farming is the leading industry. Access to education and medical help is challenging. Local schools struggle to cope with large numbers where there are sometimes as many as 60 students in a classroom. Children lose parents not only through HIV but also illnesses considered relatively easy to cure by more developed regions.
New Hope mainly serves as a home for vulnerable and orphaned boys and girls who have just been born or are nearing the end of their secondary school education.
The Education Sponsorship Programme
Sponsorship is not only the privilege of children staying at the home but also for the neediest in the surrounding community.
As well as helping children with their school fees, New Hope now runs an onsite nursery and primary school onsite called Oakridge School of Excellence. The primary school is a very recent addition to their services.
Mother and Baby unit
The Mother and Baby unit has its very own building on the home’s compound and offers shelter and support to new mothers and orphaned babies.
At the instigation of New Hope, three villages have been raised up providing homes for over 65 grandmothers with orphaned grandchildren.
Children from this project are considered for our training and mentorship programme
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The home is continually looking for income opportunities so it can decrease its dependence on donors. A large part of the children's diet consists of fruit and vegetables grown on the land. Also in 2005, supporters provided a borehole so the home could save money on its water supply.