Support of a family-run orphanage home in Nairobi and the facilitation of electricity and fresh water supply.
My name is Frank Dupuis. I am a father and an Entrepreneur in Berlin, Germany.
Many years ago I met the founder Maryann Barkeling (Berlin) and her sister Janet Njoki (Nairobi) who were raised by a single mother in a humble environment in rural Kenya. They grew up in a rather poor village and interacted with orphans at an early age. The many heart breaking experiences at their early life prompted them to pursue their dream of doing all they can to help the underprivileged in the society.
I first visited Sub-Saharan Africa while on my duties as a founding trustee of the IREBS (International Real Estate Business School) Foundation of African Real Estate Research. I wanted to pursue a sustainable approach of social investing while avoiding administrative overheads and making sure that 100% of my money reaches the ultimate beneficiaries and changes lives.
Over many years, Maryann and Janet have supported different children homes in Kenya and provided meals for some less privileged. The situation during their upbringing was bad and eventually turned miserable after the post-election violence in 2007/2008 which rocked their country and made international headlines. People were murdered and displaced and children weren’t spared either.
The sisters made efforts to mobilize and coordinate family members, friends and the church community to make contributions and visited the victims in camps. The living conditions in the camps were unbearable for the displaced persons. The lack of basic needs was so evident and after listening to them as they shared their different encounters, it just showed how traumatic the situation was with no exception to the children. Some of these children had lost one or both parents and their needs were just overwhelming. They then decided to provide shelter to desperate needy and orphaned children who later lived with their mother.
Eventually their mother donated a piece of land in the outskirts of Nairobi (Kiserian) to put up an orphanage to facilitate and provide care and a home to even more needy and destitute children. They then started building an orphanage which they were unable to finish and at that time I stepped in. The building was then completed in 2016 and a unanimous decision by the founders was reached to be a boy-only center because of nation-wide focus on girl-child. They felt the boy-child was neglected.
The extra-ordinary engagement and commitment of Maryann, Janet and their mother as well as the conclusive concept of this cozy home for abandoned and orphaned boys was a decisive factor to engage myself in such an extent.
Mama Baraka Children´s Home is more than a home for the kids who live there.
Their philosophy is to provide a holistic environment for the growth and healthy development of abandoned and orphaned boys into mature and responsible adults for a local and international impact.
Janet Njoki, The Managing Director of Mama Baraka Children´s Home, her mother and the team continue to take care of the center with their full personal commitment. I have been touched by the warm and hospitable environment in Mama Baraka Children`s Home during my visits in Kenya.
I managed to see some boys coming in malnutritioned, neglected and traumatized. What a joy it is to see them now attending school, being happy, telling me how blessed they feel, sharing stories and their progress in school. What a humbling experience it is to see the true value of money in having such a direct and visible impact.
Mama Baraka Children`s Home works on a high level administrative standards. At present they have 9 boys. Some of the staff members are social workers who are trained periodically. The kids live in specific small units, equipped with facilities relevant to their level of development, and grouped depending on their age under the care of house mother and matron. Currently there is an orderly accounting system in place.
The monthly overhead of MBCH stands presently at 450,000 KES which is 4,500 EUR or 4,870 USD.
Nevertheless, there´s still a lot to do.
This year’s plan is to invest in reliable electricity supply to supplement the existing solar energy. Our application has been granted by the authorities and formally quoted at 310,000 KES (2,690 EUR / 3,073 USD).
Furthermore we would like to invest into a fountain to be in charge of clean water supply quoted at 2.2m KES (19,100 EUR / 21,810 USD)
I will personally guarantee the monthly overhead and this particular investment for MBCH that is not covered by the donations.
With your donation you are a part of a great charitable project, which we can all be proud of. Have a look at the pictures below and you will get an impression.
Mama Baraka Children Home
P.O. Box 770-00208, Ngong-Hills.
Tel: +254 741 556 677 / +254 721 453677 Email: [email redacted]
“If I have brightened up one single sad childhood, then I have at least accomplished something in my life”
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