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Joy Center Children's Home

                                                                                                                       
Joy Center 
Children's Home
                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                      

Immediate Need

To address the issue of inadequate food supply at the Joy Center. We have just found a land to hire and grow food. The farm will help supplement foodstuff and this will involve the children more directly in family life, especially in making a contribution to the household in making a contribution in a concrete way. This engages our children more actively in activities that will help them develop knowledge and skills that will be useful to them when they grow up.

 

Please pray with us that the Lord God will supply us with funds needed for growing food for the children at Joy Center.


BUDGET FOR PLANTING PROJECT:

          -  Hiring 7 acres of land $ 1050

          -  Plowing, harrowing $ 600

          -  Seeds, Fertilizer $ 410

OTHER NEEDS

          -   Basic needs, Electricity, Water and Security- $ 10, 000 

          -   Incentive for the volunteers                          - $   4, 000

           -  Store (30 metal sheets, timber, wire mesh - $    1, 200

 

Prayer Request:

To buys a vehicle to aid in buying food supplies, transporting children to hospital, and other travel needs.

 

We would very much appreciate your support in making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate children.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q-May I send a gift to the child?

A-You may send something small that fits in with your letter like stickers, a postcard, photos, newspaper clipping or bookmark.

Q-What about Christmas and Birthdays?

A-We ask that the sponsor send extra support once a year to cover a Christmas gift and a Birthday gift. Many of the children do not know their actual Birthday, but some are choosing a day! We have been celebrating everybody’s birthday in one big party once a year usually in November.

Q-How do I pay?

A-Please check our 'contact us' page for more details.

Q-How long will I be committed to this child?

A-Hopefully, you will develop a lifetime friendship, and maybe even visit the child someday.

Financially, Joy Center Orphanage hopes sponsors will continue as long as they are able to see the child through elementary school, and either secondary school or a trades training. Beyond this level there is college education. It is our hope and vision that each child reaches their full potential, and we have been exploring ways to make this possible.

Q-How do I know the money gets to the children?

A-Since the Dec. 2007 election in Kenya, the food costs have risen so that we now need to ask for $50 per month sponsorship instead of $35. However, a couple of donors paying $25 also works, so please don't bow out if $50 seems too much for your budget.

Our goal is to have 2 sponsors connected to one child to cover that child's costs. Each child lives at Joy center with caring matrons/patrons, in a family like environment. The children are provided with shelter,food, education, medical care and Christian nurturing.

Your sponsorship funds will support your sponsored child and staff.Our home has 13 staffs working on volunteer basis. The children attend Joy Center Academy.

You can reach us daily through  Our :

Email:[email protected] and [email protected] 

Telephone:+254 721 735 or +1601 527.0889

Gideon Omondi is 12yrs old. He was born twins with a sister. They were born of a single mother who died six years ago of HIV/AIDS before they knew any of their relatives. They went to the streets and that where we found them and took them to Joy Center
Ernest Kimutai 7 yrs was bon twins with his brother. Their parents died of AIDS and left them in a rental house. The landlord sent them and away and they left for the streets where I found them with his brother and brought them to Joy Center.

Solomon Kiprotich, 6yrs. They were born twins with his sister. They had a single mother. She left in the morning and never came back. The landlord chased them from the house and they went to the streets. I found them there and took them to Joy Center

 

Linet Kiende is 5yrs old. She was born of a single mother. Her mother was murdered by her boyfriend before Linet knew who her father was. Her mother was also an orphan. Linet was left alone and she went to the streets where I found her.

Timothy Wekati is 4 years old. He lost his parents two years ago. They were refugees of Tribal clashes in Mt. Elgon. I was informed by the area chief that he had been left alone and that is when I brought him to Joy Center.

Yonah Barasa, 13yrs. His father died and the mother abandoned him.

Ian Odhiambo, 14yrs. His father died of AIDS and the mother got married to another man who later chased her away and her whereabouts are not known. Ian was found in the streets and brought to Joy Center
Silas Mutama, 12yrs. His parents died of Hiv and he was left with the grandfather who could not take care of him. I found him in the streets.

Sharon Chepchumba, 12yrs. She was abandoned by her single mother in the streets where I found her and took her to Joy Center Orphanage.

Irene Chebet, 13yrs. I found her in the streets. She had been abandoned by her parents who are not known yet.
Mercyline Nekesa, 5yrs. She was found abandoned by the side of the road, not far from a camp for internally displaced people.  She was most likely born inside the camp. She was a strong, healthy baby who especially liked being carried on the workers’ backs. She is a great kid and most always happy.
Dorcas Chemutai, 5yrs.  Dorcas was born prematurely on March 27, 2008, weighing less than 2 pounds. Against all odds she survived in a hospital without an incubator. She was placed with us weighing only 4 pounds. He is a happy and active child.
Evans Koech, 8yrs.

He like so many, is one of many babies abandoned at camps for internally displaced people around the country. He was abandoned and although he was small, Evans was healthy from the beginning. He always has a smile for you.

Anne Wekesa, 9yrs. Anne was found just hours old on the steps of a Catholic church. She was born during the political crisis and abandoned not far from where many displaced people were staying. We don’t know what we would do if put in that position of running for your life. It is possible that she was born to a mother who had lost everything and had no place to go. She is a beautiful, healthy girl.

Brenda Nasimiyu, 11yrs. Her mother got married to a person who did not want Brenda as his daughter.

Jonah Kipsang, 5yrs. Kipsang was born and abandoned at birth in the forest on a cold, rainy day.  He was just hours old when we were called to pick him up. When we arrived he was choking, his lips were blue and his body temperature was very low. We took him home and made him a bed on a camp shower filled with warm water (our makeshift incubator).

Amos Chepketer, 4yrs. His mother is mad. After staying three months at a crisis rescue center, he was placed with us. He is now in school and doing good. He is a timid child with a great smile and loves to dance and sing.

Newton Kiprop, 6yrs. His father was killed by a Bufallo. His mother was infected with HIV and died leaving Newton alone. He went to a refugee camp where I found him and brought him to Joy Center.

Peter Wanjala, 9yrs. Peter was found abandoned by the side of the road, not far from a camp for internally displaced people.  He was most likely born inside the camp. He was a strong, healthy baby who especially liked being carried on the workers’ backs. He is a great kid and most always happy.

Arrived May 203, Sharon Laini was brought to us.  She was about 3years old and was left outside supermarket. Someone at the supermarket took her to the children office. The children officer brought her to us. The Sharon’s full name is Sharon Laini (Laini is a Swahili word used to describe a gentle, tender-hearted person). She a happy, healthy and growing. She is grade 5

Arrived June 2004, AStephen was approximately 3 year old when he was found near a borehole where lots of women come to collect water. He was fairly healthy and very sociable, not the typical abandoned child.  It has been speculated that possibly something happened to his mother as she was going for water. 2 weeks later his mother remains found barred at kipomet forest, the police carried the investigation upto-date no one has been arrested. Stephen is a happy boy, he loves to play football and help to carry his class teachers teaching book to the office. He is in grade 3. 

Kevin Simiti is 10yrs old. He has a brother who is 7 yrs old. Their parents died 5yrs ago of AIDS. I found them on the streets and took them to Joy Center.

Phaustine Chelimo lost her parents three years ago. She is 12 years old. Her parents were refugees of Tribal clashes in Mt. Elgon and they were massacred. I was informed by the area chief that Phaustine had been left alone and that is when I brought her to Joy Center.

Emmanuel Mukhwana, 12yrs. His parents died of AIDS and left him being 4 yrs old. He went to the streets where I found him and took him to Joy Center

Doreen Okoth, 13yrs. Her father died of HIV/AIDS and the mother too is a victim of the same. The mother brought her to Joy Center since she could no longer take care of her.
Sarah Simiyu is 6yrs old. She was born twins with her sister. Their mother was raped by unknown men and got pregnant. The mother died three years ago with AIDS and left them alone. They then went to streets where I found them and took them to Joy Center

Fridah Arupe, 13 1/2yrs. Her father was poisoned to death. Her mother ran away and she was taken by the aunt. Her aunt also left her alone. I found her in the streets and brought her to Joy Center.

Dorcas Nafula, 8yrs. Her parents are alive but are not known. She was brought to Joy Center by the area chief.

Moses Wafula, 14yrs. His parents were massacred in Mt. Elgon. he was later brought to Joy Center by the area chief.

Anne Arukudi  is 13 years old. She is a sweet little girl who likes to help around the compound.

Arrived July 2004,Anne Arukudi was the 50 child that God brought to us, she was born on September 14. She was saved by God’s mercy and grace. Anne's mother gave birth to her in a corn field and just walked away, leaving her newborn baby behind.  Approximately two days later, kids taking a shortcut to school found Irene lying in the field under the cornstalks that protected her from the elements.  She had dog scratches on her belly and was dehydrated. She spent three month in the hospital and was then turned over to us. Anne  is a healthy girl who likes to help take care of the tiny babies. She is in grade 7.


Tom Golden, 3yrs. She was abandoned by her parents.
Faith Akiru, 5 yrs. They are twins. Their mother abandoned them on the streets and the mother was later found dead after a month. The children dont know who their father is. They went to the streets where I found them and brought them to Joy Center

Naomi Cheptoo, 4yrs. Her parents are alive but are not known. She was brought to Joy Center by the area chief.

Mary Yego, 13yrs. Her father died of diabetes. The mother got  married to a man who did not want Irene, so he chased her away. She was brought to Joy Center by the Area Chief.

Abraham Etabo, 5 years. They are twins. Their mother abandoned them on the streets and the mother was later found dead after a month. The children dont know who their father is. They went to the streets where I found them and brought them to Joy Center

Jane Waithera, 5yrs. Joyce was abandoned when she was approximately 1 year old. She was found at a farm not far from a camp for people who were driven from their homes during tribal clashes earlier in the year. She is a beautiful, healthy baby girl who is very alert and content. She is named after Grandma Waithera.

Kassim Irongi, 15yrs. Both the parents are alive. The parents separated and left Kassim. Both of them did not want Kassim. He left for the streets where I found him and brought him to Joy center
Robert Kwemboi, 5yrs. He like so many, is one of many children abandoned at camps for internally displaced people around the country. He was abandoned and although he was small, Kwemboi was healthy from the beginning. He always has a smile for you.
Flora Nekesa, 12yrs. She was abandoned by her mother 7 years ago. We found her at the market place and brought her to Joy Center.

Benson Mutang'ali. His parents died of HIV/AIDS. He went to stay with his uncle, but he was later chased to the streets where I found him and brought him to Joy Center.

Boaz Onyango, 16yrs. Both his parents died of HIV. He was found the streets and brought to Joy Center

Milicent Nekesa, 14yrs. Her parents separated. She was the reason of their separation because the father denied Nekesa as his daughter. They left Nekesa alone and she went to the streets where I found her and brought her to Joy Center

Agnes Nelima, 3yrs. Nelima  was born on July 14. She was saved by God’s mercy and grace, thus her name. her mother gave birth to her in a corn field and just walked away, leaving her newborn baby behind.  Approximately two days later, kids taking a shortcut to school found Agnes lying in the field under the cornstalks that protected her from the elements.  She had dog scratches on her belly and was dehydrated. She spent three days in the hospital and was then turned over to us. Agnes is a healthy girl who likes to help take care of the tiny babies.

Arrived April 2006, Dezmond wafula is 10yrsr old. He is in grade 3 He has grown into a fine young man. He has a gentle, loving and protective spirit. His parents died of HIV/AIDS, he was living with his aunt. He was beaten and tortured by his aunt and rescued by neighbors. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated for burns, cuts and bruises. The aunt was jailed for child abuse. The court has given me permanent custody of Dezmond when he was approximately 5 years old when he arrived but very small for his age. God knew what he was doing when he sent him here; he is covered with scars head to toe, from many beatings. He now enjoys a life without beatings and is learning and living at the Joy Center He is a confident child with a great smile and love to building and drawing. He wants to be an architect. He spends most of his free time building as seen in the picture above.
It is our prayer that Dezmond will find a sponsor that that he can be able to achieve his dreams. If God touches your heart to support Dezmond, Please get in touch with us.

Arrived February 2003, Susan Lochome. The woman who brought her to the Children’s Office was a vegetable vendor who had been working at a roadside stand. The young girl asked her to stay with Susan for a minute while she ran to the toilet and she never returned. The children officer brought her to Joy Center. Her mother has never been found up to date , we hope one day in future her moth will show up.  Susan is a healthy girl who loves music! She is in grade 4, and always leading in her class.

Elizabeth Nasimiyu and her elder brother were born of a single mother. Their father died and the mother got married to a man who did not want her. They went to the streets where I found them and took them to Joy Center

Emmanuel Nasimiyu and his younger sister were born of a single mother. Their father died and the mother got married to a man who did not want her. They went to the streets where I found them and took them to Joy Center

Isaac Kipyego, 13yrs. His parents died six years ago during tribal clashes. They were burnt in a house while on a drinking spree. Two of Isaac's brothers are dead and one has since gone mad. He was then brought to Joy Center by the area chief.

Stella Lukela, 10yrs. The father ran away after being diagnosed with AIDS. The mother too decided to vacate and left her in a rental house alone. The landlord chased her away to the streets where I found her.

Edwin Wafula, 14yrs. His parents are alive but are not known. He was brought to Joy Center by the area chief.

Diana Atieno, 13yrs. Both her parents died of HIV. She was found the streets and brought to Joy Center
Timothy Wanyonyi, 6yrs. His father was massacred in the Mt. Elgon clashes and the mother abandoned him.
Alpha Kibet lost his parents three years ago. They were refugees of Tribal clashes in Mt. Elgon and they were massacred. I was informed by the area chief that Alpha had been left alone and that is when I brought him to Joy Center.

Bilha Mutenyo, 7yrs. The father ran away after being diagnosed with AIDS. The mother too decided to vacate and left her in a rental house alone. The landlord chased her away to the streets where I found her.

Lucy Ebenyo, 13yrs. Her mother abandon her in the street 8 years ago.

Justus Ekiru, 15yrs. His father died of AIDS. The mother too is a victim and she is not known
Mirriam Wairimu, 13yrs.

She was left on the side of the road in the city and brought to Joy Centre. She struggled a bit with asthma and other respiratory issues, but has out-grown them. 

Linda Chemutai, 6yrs.  Linda was born March 9th, in a small clinic not far from a camp for displaced people after the presidential election riots of December 2007. Her mother gave birth in the evening and then disappeared during the night, leaving Linda behind. The nurse cared for her for three days, hoping the mother would return. Linda is a very beautiful and healthy girl
Esther Chebet, 11yrs. She has a brother called Elias. Their parents were masacred during the post election violence. They were left with no one to take care of them and no home. They went to the streets of Kapsokwony where I found them and brought them to Joy Center. They are now happy and schooling.
Modecai Kiprop, 4yrs. His parents were massacred in Mt. Elgon. They used to live in a Refugee Camp. I found him while I had gone to preach in the Mt. Elgon refugee camp.
Sarah Chelimo, 14yrs. Her parents died of HIV/AIDS. She was left with her four brothers. Their youngest brother died. They went to the streets and that is where I found them and brought them to Joy Center
Charles Belio, 16yrs. Both his parents were massacred in the Triba clashes in Mt. Elgon. I found him in the Mt. Elgon refugee camp and brought him to Joy Center.

Moses Wafula, 5yrs. His mother (a former street girl) used to work as a house girl and got pregnant at the age of 16. She then died while giving birth to Moses. Moses does not know his father.

Daniel Kibet, 14yrs. His parents were massacred during the violence incuding his brothers and sisters. He was graced by God and escaped death. He had to walk all the way from Mt. Elgon to Kitale town and this is where I found him and brought him to Joy Center. He is a bright boy in class. He has a bright future.

Brenda Atieno, 7yrs. Her parents died of HIV/AIDS. She was left with her 3 brothers. I found her in the streets and brought her to Joy Center. Her brothers are still in the streets. Brenda is hoping that she can be able to help her brothers after she finishes school. She a clever girl.

Steve Wafula, 7yrs.He is doing well in Kinder class and he is always on the move.

His mother was only 15 when she gave birth to Wafula. She gave birth and then abandoned him at the hospital. We call him Professor because at a year old he could repeat any word you would say. He is extremely bright.

Simon Kibet, 13yrs. Both his parents died. His uncle took him and sent him to work as a herdsman. The uncle was the one receiving the salary from Kibet's employer. One day the cows ate a neighbour corn and Kibet was beaten up by his employer until he ran away to the streets. I found him and talked to him, I realized he really needed help and took him to Joy Center.

Dina Simiyu is changing so much and really seems to be opening up. Her both parents died due to HIV/AIDS. Arrived November 2007, Dina was a very bright 3-year-old who could tell you exactly what happened to her. She and her aunt were walking down a long rural road when the aunt told her they were going to play a game. She told Dina to walk straight ahead as fast as she could without stopping and without turning around to look back. Nobody knows how long or how far Dina walked before an old man found her and took her into his home. She knows the first names of her aunt, but she doesn’t know where she is from. Efforts to trace them have been unsuccessful. She is now 9 years old and she is in grade 2 at the Joy Center. If God touches you to sponsor her, please let us know.

Lilian Omuse, 13 is the first born child in a family of 3. Her younger brothers died of AIDS together with their parents. Her parents used to stay in a shack house where I found her and took her to Joy Center. She is a very happy girl and she is in her first year in High School