Children living in the slums of Nairobi suffer from hunger, a lack of medical care, and little or no education. Alcohol, drug addiction, and HIV/AIDS are part of the grim reality of their daily life. Most children living there face extreme challenges in their future.
Unfortunately, many children live in terrible conditions as orphans or have addicted parents who completely neglect them. What is amazing is the playfulness, hope, and resilience of these children. They are very normal, happy kids that just happened to be born there. They need your financial help.
Fred Mukolwe took their plight to heart and started Matunda Orphans Community Center in the slums of Soweto Kayole with his daughter Patricia in 2007 because they saw so many kids living on the streets – orphans or kids neglected by their parents.
This varied and colorful group of children they call Matunda, Swahili for fruit. The name also symbolizes the fragility of these children, and points out that they need to be cared for now. Matunda now has about twenty kids under her care between 3 and 16 years old.
Since January of 2015 Mercy Atieno has taken over as manager of Matunda. She grew up in an orphanage, is very motivated to help children in similar circumstances, and now lives in the same area of the city.
The kids come to the center and are cared for by Mercy and Jesintah, the cook. The kids get meals, medical care as needed, and are given simple schooling if they are not able to attend school. The kids for whom we have sponsors are able to go to the nearby public elementary school.
There is always an opportunity for the kids to come, talk, and play. Just having someone to talk to and to lean on means a lot to these kids. When necessary, and possible, she coordinates and refers children to other organizations – for example, kids that are HIV-positive, or those who do not have a place to live.
Matunda Community Centre
During a visit to Kenya in 2010, we were in Nairobi and were impressed with what they are doing with very limited resources. They are very motivated to make this work, but they couldn’t do it alone. For that purpose we started the foundation Matunda Netherlands.
With your financial help we can give these kids the life and future they deserve, and help Matunda become a self-supporting center for future children.
To do this, we need your help!
Can we count on you?
On behalf of Mercy, Jesintah, and the children:
Foundation Matunda Orphans Community Center
Marianne Pfeifle, chair