Joy Valley is a struggling extremely poor orphan home and informal school in a slum area of Nairobi. Children are underfed, the school is treatened with closure by the government.
We visit the orphan home several times, sensitize the children, and support money for sustainable income generation: a chicken coop, a sewing machine.
Jared Otieno Ogutu is a transformed man. When we sit together in his small dark office – electricity has broken down – he tells us about his past as a man with low morale spending most of his time in nightclubs. Until he met the lord, perhaps because the car accident he had in 1990, which cost him his left hand, made him thinking. His transformation could not have been more radical since now he is the humble director of this orphanage. Jared looks much older, but his is only 36 and the father of seven.
Mr. Ogutu has shown his sincere commitment and accountability, and Charity Travel is convinced of the neediness of his orphanage/school. So we decide to visit him again on January 26th, 2010, and we deliver another 13,000 KES for schoolbooks, poultry keeping and a seperating wall between two classrooms as the City Council of Nairobi demands. If schoolbooks and wall are not built in time, the City Council might close the school, condemning about 200 children to the hardships of streetlife – taking away their future.
The Joy Valley school is a nonformal school, meaning that children don’t have to wear uniforms and can finish their elementary grades at a later age. We visit in the morning, and see the different classrooms, where teachers are working semi-voluntarily (their compensation amounts to about 3,000 KES).
We have a good talk with Jared and hope that we will be able to support his cause more.
What Joy Valley needs
To give you an idea of the expenses the orphanage has, and of possible future purchases, I compiled a short list:
- 6,000 KES one sewing machine (income generation)
- 5,000 KES a simple toilet
- 8,000 KES ten bags of cement to plaster the dormitory in order to meet hygiene standards
- 10,000 KES poultry keeping (income generation)
- 70,000 KES a watertank with 10,000 liter capacity
- 30,000 KES one computer
- 1,300,000 KES bore-hole well for sustainable water supply