For the past 18 years, Sahaya has been a proud supporter of the Rehema school and orphan program in the Korogocho slums of Nairobi. This program, that was started by Father Erastus and his wife Ruth, has saved many orphans from very miserable conditions, and also educates many children and youth who live in the slums. More information can be found at http://rehema.sahaya.org/.
However, the buildings were mostly constructed of cheap materials and were at the verge of collapse. Fortunately, a sponsor of the USA came forward to sponsor the reconstruction of Rehema. As a first step, the old buildings have been demolished. Next, drilling has occurred to determine the best location for a deep borewell to assure proper access to water. On Feb 15, 2019, the groundbreaking ceremony took place. Many of the orphans were also present, and had tears of joy in their eyes, as this is more than just a building, it also provides a lot of hope for these children and so many people in the Korogocho slums.
Over the course of the next year, the construction proceeded. On March 12, 2020, the official inauguration took place, with many local dignatories, and visitors/sponsors of the Rehema Center. As part of the ceremony, 8 students who were selected after a writing competition, were awarded scholarships to cover their tuition expenses for their upcoming 4 years of high school.
We are grateful to everyone who supported and continues to support the Rehema program! Together we are able to give many youth a better future.
Click on the clip below for a short TV report made by Dickens Ngicho of NTV Kenya.
If you like to learn more about Rehema, get involved or support, please go to Rehema Daycare, School and Orphan Centre (Kenya)
To make a contribution to help support Rehema, go to our donation page. Many thanks for making a difference.
The picture gallery below shows the whole process, from destruction of the old center, construction and inauguration of the new center, and activities that the visitors from the USA did with the Rehema students during their visit in March 2020. Click on individual pictures to see them at better resolution.