Mercy Children’s Home was founded in 2001 by Consolate Aluoch Muga, who approached the local Welfare department to tell them that she was willing to raise orphaned children. It was not long before she was caring for ten children in two small rooms. Consolate was later able to rent the present property and existing house, and continued in that arrangement until 2005/6 when AAI joined with her to purchase the property of 4.5 acres. We have partnered with Connie and her team as ‘Friends of Mercy Home’ from that time. Much building has taken place with extensions for dining area and boys and girls bedrooms.
Mercy Children’s Home is situated on a hillside near Uriri, a short distance from Migori Town in South Nyanza, Kenya. Migori is a bustling town close to the border with Tanzania and is an area which is growing and developing into a busy commercial centre. Buses commute daily to Nairobi.
The view from the home is picturesque, covered with rich tropical greenery with a view of distant hills and mountains. Small family farms, growing maize, fruits and vegetables adjoin the Mercy property.
Three acres of the land has been put to farming, which is worked by Consolate and her helpers and staff. This land is rich and produces much needed fresh food for the children. There is also a chicken project producing eggs, and a large Freesian cow, named ‘Michelle Obama’, who provides fresh milk for the children.
The oxen hired to plough the field on Mercy farm.
The home houses up to fifty children at any one time. These children have come to the home through the Local Children’s Welfare Department. Many arrive in a traumatised state, having lost parents. Some children arrive at Mercy Home battered, abused or neglected, many suffering from malnutrition. On arrival the children receive a warm welcome, counselling and encouragement as they settle in. The Social Worker at Mercy is employed to follow up each child and is trained to assist them to settle in and find their place in their new home. Beatrice gives unstintingly in this role and is trusted and loved by all the children.
AAI welcomes you to be part of the sponsorship program at Mercy Home. Each person who sponsors a young child is contributing to a transformed future for that child. Sponsor support is sent each month of the year. Sponsors receive a photograph of the child and regular updates as to their progress in life and in school.
AAI is also assisting children in need from the local community. Sponsorship of children identified as unable to attend school because of poverty are granted sponsorship which then provides them with education and a nutritious lunch at school each day.
Each child needs a school uniform each year and this is provided by a donation of $60 per child per year. This covers uniform, shoes, socks and sports uniform.
A uniform is found to be very important as it lifts the child self image, and gives them an identity equal with all other students.
The big smile’s upon happy faces is a great reward!
Little boy asleep with a doll, given to the younger girls which were made in Uganda by some women in prison.
MERCY PRIMARY SCHOOL
The school at Mercy now teaches over 300 children per day from Nursery level to grade 8.
Thirteen of the Grade 8 children have passed the National exams and have been accepted for Secondary School in 2012. All the teachers and staff at Mercy are very proud and excited about this success. Many children have improved through the diligent work of the Teachers
A plot of land adjoining the 4.5 acres has been purchased for the purpose of building of a permanent school. The new buildings will be planned and the school will move out of the corrugated sheds into the permanent buildings when they are completed.
The Teachers and students are focused on providing and receiving a good educational standard to prepare for a successful future life.
One of the classrooms at Mercy
Boy at Mercy Children’s home with pastel drawing in progress.
The kids at Mercy singing!
The building program has been very successful with the 120’ new building for the girls accommodation now completed and planning is continuing to provide running water to the girl’s ensuite via the addition of a water tank.
Planning is underway for some extension to the dining and living areas.
Paving and steps are planned around the buildings for safe travel to toilets and between home and school.
Two of the boys climbing the pawpaw tree.
MERCY WIDOW GROUP
This group of sixteen widows have steadfastly supported the orphanage giving assistance in many different ways. One widow contributes eggs, others dig in the vegetable patch, others wash floors in the home. Some have grandchildren living in the home and take them home for school holidays. Some are younger widows some are very elderly. AAI attempts to send some monthly support to assist these women. Each of them has done their best to use the small monthly finance to better themselves. It has enabled the younger ones to begin small ‘income generating projects’ which has lifted their self esteem and produced a lot of joy and enthusiasm in their lives. Some do not have an adequate or secure accommodation. Two widows have had housing built via AAI donors. In 2012 we purchased one acre of land for agriculture to empower the widows to be able to support themselves and their families by growing crops.
Some also have urgent medical needs and support sent to AAI for these needs would be much appreciated.
They meet with us to say thank you each time we visit the home.
John Leak being presented with an award for Southern lights church for appreciation and support of the widows group.
Jean Leak doing a training session with teachers from Mercy School.