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 43 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 2017 we have 20 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. As of recently Rainbow House has been assisted by another organization in the UK. Heart of Ruth Mission will focus on our child sponsorship program and future projects.
There are several projects that would be very beneficial for Rainbow House Children’s Home.
Building a dorm style home for the children of Rainbow House that are over 18.
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. We have a dream of building a home for these children to live while finishing school and also finding part-time jobs. This home will be located in a plot next to Rainbow House. The children will be close but also will be able to start being more independent.
The project budget for this is $10,000 CAD. This will build a fully functional home for 6 students as they learn to stand on their own two feet.
Our ongoing project is the child sponsorship program.
Right now Heart of Ruth has connected 20 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 for these children. Education provides an opportunity to create a ripple effect of change within their community. Each sponsorship is $500 CAD per year, and the school year starts in January. If the child is in class 1-8 they will be at St Francis Academy in Gede and if they are in high school they will go to Barani Secondary School in Malindi. 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 that can benefit from sponsorship. Right now there are 17 that are not with a committed sponsor. This is a project that will continue yearly. As children grow older sponsorships will hopefully be formed for college programs and as new children join the Rainbow family they will be also sponsored.
A total of $10,000 CAD yearly is needed to keep these kids sponsored. If more is raised, more children will be selected to go.