Heart of Ruth Mission is a hands on loving organization providing educational opportunities and financial support to facilitate growth and self-sustainability at Rainbow House Children’s Home.
Since being founded in 2012, we have grown an incredible amount. Rainbow House Children’s Home is a home for 38 children in Gede, Kenya. For many years Rainbow House was in desperate need of support in order to stay open. Heart of Ruth saw a need and came together to see what we could do. In 2013 we registered our first 8 children for private school.
Now in 2020 we have 25 children sponsored for education. It is with your support that we have been also able to make a physical difference at Rainbow.
In 2016 Heart of Ruth Mission had a group of 13 volunteers go to Kenya and construct a wall around Rainbow, create a functioning library and learning center, as well as fix the leakages in the water system, shower and toilet facilities. Heart of Ruth has in the past raised money for water bills, a chimney system, new bug nets and mattresses, as well as staff wages and food bills.
Our ongoing projects include educating the children from Rainbow House Children’s Home and supporting the young adults living at the Transition Home.
It is Kenyan law that children 18 and above must leave the children’s home. At this age the majority of the children are not finished high school. Our dram was to build a home for these children to live in while finishing school. This home is located on the plot next to Rainbow House.
Thanks to your generous support, the Transition Home is physically completed. All we need to do is make the house and home, and the young adults will move in. This project is ongoing in the ways that the students moving into the home will have monthly expenses like food, water, hydro and hygiene products/washing powder. For 15+ students living in this home, it will cost approximately $9,000 a year to maintain.
The Education sponsorship program.
Right now Heart of Ruth has connected 25 children with sponsors. Education is the best gift a child can be given and it is the only thing that will break the chain of poverty. Education provides an opportunity to create a ripple effect of change within their community. Each sponsorship is $540 CAD per year, and the school year starts in January. If the child is in class 1-8 they will be at Rainbow Academy, located on the Rainbow House property and if they are in high school, most will go to Barani Secondary School in Malindi. Some of our students have placed so well on their national exams that they were accepted into boarding schools along the coast. Sponsorships for students who attend a boarding school are approximately $640 a year due to having to buy a mattress/other items for school. Sponsorship includes tuition fees, exam fees, uniforms, school shoes, backpacks, textbooks, notebooks, pencils, pens, school badges and school socks. There are many children of all ages living at Rainbow House and the surrounding community that can benefit from education sponsorship. This is a project that will continue yearly. Living expense sponsorships are also needed for each child, totaling $300 CAD per year. There are other sponsorship or charitable opportunities available for children living at the Transition Home and in need of further education.
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