Rifiki caring home is a registered NGO (none governmental organisation) that cares for destitute, orphaned and abandoned children in Kenya. These children suffer from abject poverty and abuse, and lack food, clean water, basic necessities and access to education to give them hope that they may escape the cycle of poverty. The Rafiki Caring Home has two homes, one in Nakuru and one in a more rural area in western Kenya called the Ibencho District. Each home provides care and education for children affected by HIV/AIDS.
The Rafiki Caring Home originally consisted of three homes, in Nakaru, Nairobi and Ibencho (located in Western Kenya). The centers were established by Mark G. Omare, a Kenyan who decided to use the proceeds from a successful sugar cane crop to provide care for the many children orphaned by HIV/AIDS after losing his brother and sister in law to AIDS. Their four children were among thousands of children that were orphaned by AIDS, poverty and parental neglect. Those who are lucky enough to have a parent or even two are affected by poverty, as unemployment is very high and those who do work often make less than $1 US dollar a day. This makes it unlikely their parents will be able to afford to pay the fees (lunch, uniform, books) to send them to school. Despite community support of the Rafiki Caring Home, Omare has struggled to keep the homes open. Sadly in 2006, a lack of funds closed the Nairobi Home. This made it even more of a necessity to continue operating the remaining two centers–not only for the 30 orphans who live at the centers, but for the almost 300 destitute children more who depend on the centers for the education and support they offer. Both the Nakuru and the Ibencho Centers are the only schools in the area that provide a free education to those who cannot afford to pay schools fees. In addition to providing traditional education in math, science and English, both centers educate children about the dangers of unprotected sex, and HIV/AIDS. They also have waiting lists of more than 200 children but the lack of funds and constant struggle to provide even the most basic necessities for those at the centers, keeps us from being able to care for more children.
This is a fairly new concept in relation to quantifying the exact amount of food aid to be delivered to those you would wish to support. Therefore the customer can always know exactly how much food will be delivered to each and every £1 inclusive of delivery and all administrative costs incurred that they have spent through Aiddirect. PLEASE THEREFORE OBSERVE: – The primary function of Aiddirect is to sell urgently needed food including the delivery to a third party and agreed destination. This is in exactly the same way as Moonpig operates with cards sent to third parties. In other words; you are purchasing food instead of some card from us that will ultimately end up on the tables of those who need it most. Therefore; Aiddirect has never been set up as a charity owing to its primary objective (purchasing food at knock down prices oversees and selling it on with enough profit to cover wages and administrative costs incurred) and function. The agreed destination is Rafiki Homes.
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