Amukura Orphanage Home is a charitable children's institution that supports abandoned, HIV/aids, neglected, and orphaned babies. We care for those children to help them be in families because every child deserves to be loved, safe, and have dignity.
Our home is known for infants by everyone
Amukura Orphanage Home is registered by the government of Kenya, number 000666. We provide a home environment to infants just after birth, especially in the county where we operate. This makes our home is known by everyone in our area.
We offer care and protection to abandoned, HIV/aids, neglected, and orphaned babies from one day old until five years old and reintegrate them back into families mainly through family care like foster care and adoption.
Amukura is currently supporting...
Today, the home cares for 24 babies within our, coming from many different districts of Kenya and ranging in ages from 0-5.
We're also providing support and family strengthening to 15 children in foster care and 9 in reunited biological families.
Note: We're currently transitioning our model to support family-based care. Us transitioning our model will reduce the dependency on institutionalization so that we can help and impact more children from within their families.
Amukura Orphanage Home was started by the Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi in 1952 to care for orphaned babies due to the high maternal death rate, which was fifty percent of all births. It is said that the first child was rescued by Sr. Mary Kevin, our foundress, was traveling by train along Kisumu swamps.
She saw a baby lying in the papyrus reeds in the swamp. She picked the baby, wrapped him with the scalper (the outer part of the habit), and brought him to Amukura, where our Home for babies was born.
On 12/21/2021, we added a second location at Kisoko Catholic Church to serve babies less than five years old, and our original site (located at Saint Rosa of Lima Catholic Church) serves children five years old and above.
Today, we still receive babies and children from many of the surrounding districts in Kenya.
The Little Sisters started our home in response to the high maternal death rate (50% of all births) to care for the orphaned babies. Most of the children we care for now have been:
- HIV/Aids affected or infected
Throughout our 55+ years of operation, we've provided more than 7,000 babies and young children with care, protection, immunization, medication, clean water/sanitation, legal support, tracing their families, and resettlement into kinship care.
Our goal is to do more tracing to find children's families, advocate within our community and beyond for fostering and adoption, counsel and psycho-educate parents, reunite children with relatives and promote family strengthening.
To be a source of hope and inspiration to the needy children in the society and be a model for best practices in protecting orphans and vulnerable children.
To give hope to the abandoned and vulnerable children by ensuring that they are placed in safe and loving families. We also want to prevent family separation by sustaining and empowering families economically and give skills to better care for their children.
To safeguard the lives of children and restore their dignity, especially the orphans, vulnerable, and isolated babies and young children. While doing the following:
- Reuniting children with biological parents when possible
- Placing children with next of kin
- Recruiting and preparing foster parents
Amukura Orphanage is making an impact in our community and beyond
How we impact children and families
For 70-years, we've impacted the children and families in our community in these ways:
Impacting 500 children and families
We embrace the family and community-based care model by reintegrating children into families. More than four hundred children are in their biological families, about a hundred are in adoptive families, and some are in foster care families.
Self-reliance for our Beneficiaries
Most of the children who have passed in the Amukura Orphanage Home now are adults with their own families and always remember the care and protection they received to help them be good parents.
Preventing separation in the first place
We have a good network with the children's department, so they are administering suitable case management procedures that have reduced child placement in an institution in the first place.
SR. CICILIA NJERI
Superior General - LSOSF
SR. ANGELINE SIMATEI
Regional Superior - LSOSF
SR. JUDITH AUMA
SR. JANE NAKHUMICHA
SR. SLYVIA WEKESA
MR. DAVID ODIMA
MS. DEMUTTULA AWINO