Traveling to Kenya: Creating and Checking In

In a few weeks, Kitechild’s co-founder, Jacqueline Herrera, will be going to Kenya! We’ve made a lot of progress since the last time we visited Kenya several years ago and now have future projects on the horizon. Here’s a look at some of the projects we’ll be visiting:

Welcome to the Family Home, where we’ll be running a water purification project.

Welcome to the Family Home, where we’ll be running a water purification project.

We are currently working on a water purification project at the Welcome to the Family Home. Jacqueline will be visiting the home, as well as meeting with the surrounding community to see how they will be involved in the project. This project involves setting up the home to purify the water from their borehole, through a reverse osmosis process. The water will then be bottled into reusable containers and sold to the middle-class community that surrounds the home. The 44 children living at the home will now have access to their own clean water and the income generated through selling the water will pay for additional long-term staff. As many of these children come from abusive or traumatic backgrounds, the hiring of caretakers and social workers will be very important to the proper care of these children. Check out the project here. And stay tuned from live updates from Jacqueline, including her visit to a reverse osmosis treatment plant to show us the ins and outs of this innovative process.

The greenhouses and crops at the Fiwagoh Home.

The greenhouses and crops at the Fiwagoh Home.

Jacqueline will also be checking in with our greenhouse projects, while in Kenya. We have two greenhouse projects already up and running, at the Fiwagoh and Watoto Wema Homes. She will also be visiting the St. Catherine’s Home, where we are currently fundraising for a similar greenhouse project. This greenhouse project benefits 43 children living at the home in Nairobi. The vegetables grown at the greenhouse will first go to the kids to supplement their diets. The excess will then be sold in the markets and the income generated will pay for the school fees of the older children and to hire a social worker, who will help reintegrate the children back into the community. Learn more about this project here and check out our live updates from the home in the coming weeks.

The children at the Good Samaritan Home, receiving the LED bulbs.

The children at the Good Samaritan Home, receiving the LED bulbs.

Another home that Jacqueline is looking forward to visiting and updating you on is the Good Samaritan Home, located in the Soweto slums of Nairobi. We recently switched out 44 traditional light bulbs at the home, for LED lights. With the money saved on electrical costs, the home has been able to hire an additional caretaker for the infants and children at the home. We’re really proud of the change these light bulbs have brought and are looking forward to their bright futures.

With all of our projects, we’ll be keeping you posted with live updates, live videos from the field and more photos! We’re looking forward to checking in with you from Kenya!

Here’s a #tbt with our studious friend at the Alice in Wonderland Home in Faridabad, India. As the years go by, things change but one thing that always remains constant is the importance of literacy, especially among vulnerable children. Children who read, succeed!

Here’s a #funfactfriday for you: 75% of the human brain is water! These boys at St. Catherine’s Children’s Home in Kenya are some of the hundreds of children who now have access to clean water as a result of our Clean Water Access project. These children live in a place where water must be paid for from the city and the water in nearby wells is not safe for people to drink. These children now have daily access to necessary clean water!

A #tbt to us taking selfies with our friends in Kenya a few years ago! We loved meeting the amazing kids and community leaders who helped us plan the projects we’ve launched there, like our greenhouses, dairy cows and access to clean water projects.

Photo: Benjamin James, @emptyspacestudio
We recently went back to India, where we met with the children who are benefiting from our projects. We were able to visit four of our partner homes in India and we were there for the start of two of our new projects. It was a truly amazing adventure that we are so grateful for! As our photographer Ben said, “this is everything!” #India #children #kids #passion #inspire #friends #love #travel #hardwork #SeeTheWorld #adventure #BeAmazing #PayItForward #DoGood #everyChild #kindness #hope #wanderlust #photography #BelieveInGood #positivity #optimism #BeAmazing #courage #globalcitizen #WereAllInThisTogether #motivation #inspiration #gratitude

A #tbt to our first trip to India several years ago! It was such a privilege to meet the kids and get to see firsthand their personalities and individual spirits. We have continued to work with Ashirvad Home through our chicken farm project, which is designed in such a way to generate income that benefits the nutrition and education of the 79 kids. The original investment was in the building of the farm and now the chickens will be bred and sold in the market, while some stay at the farm to continue the project. The profits from selling the chickens in the market is allocated towards the health and education of the children by covering the costs of fresh fruit and computers for the home. We love looking back at where we started with this project and looking ahead to what the future holds!

A blast from the past! A #tbt to Kitechild’s trip to Kenya in 2012. We loved getting to meet the beautiful children, like this handsome boy from the Good Samaritan Home. Each and every child touched our hearts and taught us so much about Kenyan culture. During that trip, we met with community leaders who helped us assess the most pressing needs and informed our decisions regarding future sustainable projects. We have since successfully launched 9 projects such as solar panels and dairy cows in Kenya. We can’t wait to see what the future holds!