42 Children

Date Founded:



Mutarakwa Village, Kamirithu Sub-County, Kenya

Monthly Funding Needed:

$14 per child = $588 funded by Lift the Children

Orphanage contact:

Pastor Mary Watare Mbugua

Contact info:

254720 403 647


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Background Information

Joseph Kimani Memorial children’s Home is a registered nonprofit charitable organization. It caters for the orphans and the vulnerable children totalling 160 needy children in our residential and outreach programs. We have  a boarding facility that caters for both girls and boys. Joseph Kimani Memorial children’s Home is keenly involved in offering the best home care, adequate food, shelter, psychological support, proper medical care, and access to education, which is a fundamental pillar to hope of good life in future.

The founder and the vision bearer of the centre, Pastor Mary Watare Mbugua, is a retiree. She always had a dream to start a humanitarian Centre for the truly needy, the less fortunate and discriminated in life. Unfortunately, before her dream became a reality, life had to deal her a painful blow. Mary lost her son through a tragic road accident. In her words, she made a decision, “all that I could have given to my son; food, clothing, shelter, education, I will give to the poor, less fortunate orphans.” She rented a house which was not in use, furnished it and started taking children in. The number kept growing until pastor Mary Watare, using her own pension saw that feeding children alone was not enough. She started a free nursery school within the Centre. Children could get an education, breakfast, and lunch. Mary got a team of volunteer workers and she used to pay their allowances using her own pension. All that pastor Mary and her team enjoyed was to see the children’s true joy, love, peace and self-esteem.

To cater for the children's education, we have a school with a nursery section and grades 1-5. Older children attend government schools.