Founded: Rehema day care and orphans center was founded in 1990
Location: It is located in Korogocho slum beside the Korogocho chief’s camp in Ruaraka sub-county, Nairobi. It is around 1.5 km from Kamunde road.
The name of the Director is Erastus Jairus Omukhango.
Resident orphans: A total of 32 children live in the center. There are a total of 18 girls and 14 boys who are scholars in Primary, secondary and universities/colleges.
Orphans in outreach program: We offer support to 18 children in outreach. We give support them chiefly on education and basic needs.
We also offer vocational training to community girls, the number stands at 20 now. We started this during Covid time to engage girls from idling. Some of the girls have become pregnancy over this time frame.
The dream was realized in 1990 on a Sunday when a woman walked in the church and abandoned her two children during a church service, pastor Erastus reported to the authorities and he was asked to keep the children while investigations carry on, which later bore no fruits and hence moved him to care for them, this was just a drop and so he had many needy children which led to establishment of the centre.
In the year 2002, an education centre was registered with independent committee as Rehema Daycare Orphans centre as a social intervention efforts to address the myriad plights of the local vulnerable and needy children Korogocho and its environs, this vision came birth due to the great influx of already established families, newer families, and there has been repeated patterns of single parenting children in the surrounding slum such as Dandora, Gomongo, Kariadudu, and Kariobangi, which lead to the opening of the orphanage centre into Day Care and finally the demand led to the birth of the school.
The orphanage centre received children who have been abandoned in drainage sewers, garbage sites and some thrown long dark corridors of the slums. The center has 50 children; 22 boys and 28 are girls, they are in the age bracket of 2years- 19 years old.
The school has been growing with a great number of the needy children of up to 600 pupils: 298 girls and 312 boys. But due the challenges of makeshift classes during the construction of the new block, the school lost most of the pupils. Currently, we have 400 pupils (212 girls and 188 boys ) but the number of new entrie gradually increases.
Korogocho and its environs consists residents of a mixture of both lower-lowest class and lower class slum dwelling population. According to World Vision read and quote; “Korogocho residents consists a mixture of both lower-lowest class and lower class slum dwelling population is 0.8 million: children 51%, women 29%, and men 20%. The population lives below the poverty line with the bread winners earning an average monthly income of between Ksh.1000.00 to Kshs .2000” (World Vision 2012).
Most homes are semi-permanent with corrugated Irion sheets, single mad home. The economic activities found in these regions are small groceries sellers, saloons, small retail shops, individual owned open air markets, recycling of used materials from other suburbs Estates of Nairobi, re-sale of second hand household things and large population stays without anything to do. The slum region in this area goes through a number of problems such as unemployment, drugs cases are rampant, sanitation, much squeezed homes, rape cases, child abandonment/single parenting, high rates child and adolescent deliquesces related behavior.
Source of their Funding
There are a few income generating projects in place to help support the home. Money is earned through raising chickens and eggs as well as tailoring and dressmaking. Donations are received from well-wishers, community members and Lift the Children.
Areas of Endeavor
Schooling is provided to 590 children from the area. They have a primary school as well as a vocational skills training program teaching tailoring, dressmaking and carpentry. The orphans in the home are given food, clothes, shelter, counseling and support.
Lack of funding is the greatest challenge Rehema faces. This has caused them to lose some of their best teachers to other institutions. Funds are also needed to boost their income-generating projects and for food, clothing and medicine.