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MARIDHIANO HOME

A permanent home for former street children

 

Children are rehabilated and brought to a permanent home on a peaceful 5-acre plot where they can heal, grow, and flourish.

BY PROVIDING PHYSICAL SAFETY, MENTAL STIMULATION, AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT Former street CHILDREN ARE ABLE TO FIND GENUINE HOPE FOR THEIR FUTURES

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Permanent home to 40 former street children

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Holistically serves children

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Located on a 5-acre plot 20 miles outside of Nairobi


FAQ 

Who lives at the home? 

The Maridhiano Home is home to 40 former street children (35 boys, 5 girls) who have been rescued from the streets of Kawangaware slum in Kenya.  

Where is the home?  

The home is located 20 miles from Nairobi on a peaceful, five-acre property that sites on top of a hill providing picturesque views of the Great Rift Valley.  To learn more about the location, click here

How do children come to live at the home? 

Street children consistently attending the Thursday street outreaches and demonstrating an authentic desire to depart from life on the streets are invited to live in the halfway home and then transitioned to the Maridhiano facility.  


Elements

The Maridhiano Home seeks to holistically rehabilitate former street children by caring for their body, developing their mind, and nourishing their spirit.

Physical safety - On the streets most children lived in constant fear, often fearful that someone would take their life.  Now they can live in a safe home where they can be rehabilitated and heal. 

Mental stimulation - It is our goal to have all of the children attending school.  After completing primary school children are transitioned into secondary school or vocational training.   

Spiritual development - Our priority is to teach the children that true hope lies in the redeeming love of Jesus.   Children participate in daily devotions, weekly worship services, and receive Biblical counseling to aim to point them to Jesus.


History and Process

The Maridhiano home was established in 2009 when Pastor Shigonde saw there was a great need to provide street children living in Kawangaware slum with a safe, loving home.   With over 400,000 residents, 65 percent of whom are children and youth, Kawangware is one of the largest slums bordering Nairobi’s city center and the majority of the inhabitants cannot afford even the most basic requirements of life. 

Street children have been denied them the pleasures of youth and the majority of our children have left home due to severe physical abuse, parental neglect, sexual abuse, and poverty. Most of the children are drug addicted on the streets and inhale fumes from "glue-bottles" as a means to get high and escape reality.  In Kenyan society street children are viewed as thieves and unwanted outcasts.  

Reaching out to street children is an arduous endeavor as the conditions on the street are harsh and the social injustices are great.  During street outreaches teams from the church spend time with the children.  They care for their wounds, provide food, and most importantly share about the meaning, hope, and love found in Jesus Christ.   

The street workers encourage the children to visit the Thursday Club, which is a weekly street outreach program specifically for street children held at Pastor Shigonde’s church. At the Thursday Club, children are fed, their clothes can be washed, and they hear about the good news found in Jesus.

Street children who consistently attend the Thursday Club and convey authentic desires for change are invited to stay at the halfway house.  The halfway house provides a safe shelter for the street children and a place for them to receive two hot meals per day and counseling, love, and support from church volunteers.   As children show genuine signs of change and as resources allow, children and transitioned from the halfway home into the permanent Maridhiano Home.