Brief History and Mission
Divine Mercy Hope is a children’s charitable institution registered as a Faith Based Organization (FBO) in 2 0 0 9 . The Home is located at Kiambu County, Githunguri Sub-County, Ikinu Location, Ngemwa village at Ngemwa – Kiaibabu Road 1 km from Ngemwa shopping centre.
It was founded by Sr. Esther Wanjiku Kihara, with an aim of rescuing abandoned and extremely neglected children within Githunguri Sub-county. It currently is the only CCI in Githunguri Sub County that specializes in admission and care for infants and toddlers.
Many of the children that are admitted are abandoned, abused, and neglected after family breakup, separation or death of parent.
This Home was inspired by founder’s experience while she worked in hospital as part of her missionary assignment. At the hospital she continuously witnessed mothers-to-be demanding termination of pregnancies, mothers who had newly delivered disowning their children and others throwing their toddlers away; this was especially rampant in Kiambu where she worked.
The home also seeks to serve young girls and boys who faced abuse and also those that were orphaned and neglected by their relatives.
The home runs income generating projects (farming; goats, poultry, cows, pigs) that fund the day to day operations of the institution. From time to time, the home receives donations from well-wishers. The home has no funder or sponsor as at the moment.
The home currently serves 28 children in need of care and protection (22 girls, 6 boys) among them 6 toddlers.
All of these children have been rescued from different situations and now have a hope to grow in a space free from life-threatening situations. They now have a chance to be adopted into healthier and loving families.
CATEGORY OF CHILDREN HOSTED:
Abandoned and neglected infants and toddlers Orphaned and abused children
Children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS
To stretch the mercy of Christ to all abandoned and vulnerable children, giving each a chance to grow in the love of Jesus Christ.
No child born into this world shall be alone, dejected and abandoned.
Love and compassion
Divine Mercy Hope Children’s Home is governed by a Board of trustees and a management team. Community and spiritual leaders play a role in the leadership and management of the Home.
Day-to-day project planning and implementation is run by the founder/director with the support of the manager. The board of directors also work closely offering insights o n existing and new projects and programs.
The Home generates most of its funds solely from farming (goat and cattle rearing, vegetable farming). Occasionally, the Home receives small gifts/donations from friends and well-wishers.
The home seeks to expand into further areas of farming including poultry farming to boost income generation.
FINANCIAL STATUS AND ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES
Divine Mercy Hope Children’s Home has a standard bank account where all monies generated from its various income-generating units and from well-wisher-donations are deposited. Every fiscal year, the Home publishes a financial report that is shared with all board members and the sub-county children’s office for review
The Home has so far been able to sustain most of its operations with the monies generated. There is however other critical areas which need more financial boost than the Home can afford. They include; staffing, structural developments, community outreach programs.