“Dream Children’s Home is the realization of my dream to care for orphaned children. After telling my husband about opening our house to some orphaned children, he agreed to support my dream. So we created a space in our home to share what we have with the orphaned children. We have three children of our own: two sons and a daughter.
My desire to care for the less fortunate started from when I was a young girl. Being brought up in a slum by a single parent, I witnessed how children were suffering after being abandoned by their parents due to excessive drinking or poverty and orphans who were left destitute after the death of their parents. I felt in my heart that all the hurting children should be taken care of by the government, yet nobody cared about them. It is because of this situation that I vowed in my heart that if I get a job in future and have my own house, I would not live to see a child suffer after losing parents but would accommodate and live with them. Therefore after I got married in 1988 and the AIDS pandemic was the talk of the day, children were left orphaned all over, my heart was yearning with the passion to accommodate all of them in order to relieve them from suffering. This is what motivated me to start an orphanage, to at least help one of them.
Therefore I made up my mind to take up a 4-year-old girl from our church whose parents both died within a short space of time and no relatives were willing to care for her. In December 2004 we opened our door to this orphaned girl and made her one of our own.
In January 2005, while watching the news on the television, I saw a family of four children abandoned by their grandmother after their parents died and with no one left to take care of them. I was deeply concerned and went to Mwiki where they were living alone, they took me to where their grandmother was and she allowed me to bring them back to Dream. The children were aged between 4 and 10 years old.
In February 2005 I went to the Ministry of Social Services to express my desire to help the needy children and after hearing that children were already living in our home; they agreed to register us as an orphanage. So today we are registered under the Ministry of Home Affairs as a charitable institution.
We then put up a sign to advertise the orphanage to the public; the children’s office and the communities at large have been knocking at our door with orphaned children who have no one to take care of them. We intend to keep the children till they are 19 years old unless they are still in education.
Our home has now grown to have 287 children in total. We are still located at the same place, between Ngong and Matasia, and we are looking forward to the next years coming.”
-Mrs. Rachel Gichia
Feel free to listen and watch to this beautiful BBC slideshow by Catherine Fellows and Kate Holt to get a better impression of our work and the home: slideshow on BBC