Core Partner: 58Ten
About the home:
Just outside of Kitui town down the dry and dusty dirt road, you find Kitui Baby Home. This is a place of peace and hope for those babies and toddlers who have not had a healthy start to life and will not survive if they do not find a safe place to live with nurturing caregivers. Despite the horrific places these children have come from, Kitui Baby Home is filled with love and laughter as the children run, play and learn at the nursery school.
The nursemaids along with the manager live on campus. As is it in any family, babies require 24/7 care and there are always staff members who are awake and providing the care needed regardless of the day or night. Kitui recently started its first dairy goat project and they are excited to also be having a poultry project soon. Their garden provides vegetables and fruit for the children. It is a sweet environment to find a sense of belonging in the world.
Meet The Manager:
Winfred Kioko is better known as Winny. She lives at Kitui with her husband, Meshack, and two young children, Peace & Prince. Meshack and Winny met at AIC Moffet Bible College in Kijabe where they both studied to become pastors. Soon after being married they moved to the Mulango area, where Meshack had grown up at the children’s home. Winny was hired as the Assistant Manager of Mulango Children’s Home in 2012 while her husband leads the local AIC Mulango Church. In 2014, Winny was promoted to be the manager of Kitui Baby Home which is about a 30 minute drive from Mulango. Winny has done an amazing job building staff unity and making capital improvements at Kitui! Her daughter, Peace, loves going with Winny at bedtime to say goodnight to each child.
When Gloria was just over one year old, her mother passed away. Her father was left to provide care for his children but he was living in impoverished conditions and unable to meet all of their basic needs. Gloria was brought to live at Kitui Baby Home for three years at which point her father’s situation would be re-evaluated.
Since Gloria has been living at Kitui her father passed away from a sudden stroke. She is now a total orphan. Thankfully, her four siblings are living at another Chariots’ home not far away. She is able to visit with them and once she is ready for Class 1 she will be able to go and live with them.