SOS Children’s Villages has launched a Ksh20 Million Fundraising campaign to strengthen the quality of care it is giving to over 15 thousand children and young Kenyans currently under the care of SOS CV programmes in alternative care and family strengthening.
The funds will be directed towards improving shelter and general living conditions of the children in SOS Children’s Villages Kenya’s two oldest facilities in Nairobi and Mombasa.
SOS Children’s Villages Kenya National Director, Mr. Walter S. Odhiambo said continuous use of the organization’s facilities in Nairobi and Mombasa counties over the last 46 years has caused structural malfunctions and depreciation, making them costly to maintain and while compromising the provision of quality and safe services to children.
“These facilities have successfully transformed the lives of more than 15,000 Children in both in SOS family care and Family strengthening programs over the 46 years and we will be glad to see more disadvantaged children continue to benefit from these transformative services under the same if not higher quality,” said Mr. Odhiambo.
“These facilities have provided a loving home for many children who would otherwise not have a loving caring home and the child development enrichment programs have played a significant role in shaping these children into responsible citizens,” said Mr. Odhiambo.
Modest estimates suggest that Kenya has over 3 million orphans, a staggering statistic with sobering implications to the nation.
The funds raised will go towards rehabilitation of wastewater treatment and incinerator in Nairobi; renovation and equipping of Hermann Gmeiner primary schools in Mombasa and Nairobi; revamping solar water heating systems in Mombasa and Nairobi; painting and renovation of 30 family houses in Nairobi and Mombasa as well as setting up of a music school and e-library in Mombasa CV.
The funds will also be used to rehabilitate four greenhouses in Nairobi program location, with the farm produce used to supplement the dietary needs of the children, youth and other beneficiaries of the programs.
The organization has lined up several activities to hit the target, including corporate dinner events, an eight-day Mount Kilimanjaro climb challenge and calls for in-kind donations where individuals, organized groups and organizations can send dry foods, scholastic materials, toiletries, and different household essentials.