map shows where the plots are. City Centre is to
the far left. The road running approximately left
- right a little bit down from the middle of the map, is
Jogoo Road, leading to Outer Ring Road
We have located and secured a plot which is very
near the two schools (Tumaini and Kifaru Primary Schools) where over
80 of our children are
plot is 2 acres on flat land.
dotted areas are the two acres of land we have
want to build on the right plot, while the left will be
set aside for sports activities.
challenge now is to get money to build.
The cost for the building project is estimated to
1.1 million including the price of the land,
digging a well, landscaping
and some furnishing.
amount of US$ 1.1 million will cater for the plot and the
Residential house for girls (ground floor / 1st
floor), including a spacious dining room and kitchen for
all the children, a study and living room for the girls
+ a counsellor’s room and a guest room (living area ca
340 m2, capacity 40 girls).
2. Residential house for boys (ground floor / 1st
floor), including a living room + a counsellor’s room
and a guest room (living area ca 140 m2, capacity 20
first phase will only include ground floor, but the
walls and windows for 1st floor will also be
put up, (making the capacity at least 40 boys).
3. Residential house for guardians, Marianne and Jonny
(living area ca 185 m2 including guest rooms) with
attached office premises (ca 40 m2) and a small flat (ca
4. Community Hall (ground floor, ca 230 m2), including
spacious kitchen and bathroom-facilities, with Guest
House (1st floor / 2nd floor)
upstairs (ca 460 m2, capacity 15 double room and 1
single room = 31 people – but capacity expanded to the
double when needed)
5. Clinic including a small pharmacy (ca 155 m2) with
apartment upstairs (ca 120 m2)
map showing the outline of the buildings. Clinic
to the left, Girls' House upper middle, Boys' House down
middle, Guardians' House upper right and Guest House /
Community Hall down right.
Why do we want
Spending such an amount on
buildings and development of land might seem too much.
The following factors should then be considered:
The 25 children living in the Maisha Mema family
in Nairobi need a secure place to stay.
They are not in a temporary children’s home,
but as children in a family
The present premises are rented, which throws
away big resources every year.
Also, the future for this rented place is
insecure, and similar premises are very hard to find
We need the possibility of accepting more
children into our home, as we now have to turn away very
The size of the plot (2 acres) makes it possible
for us to set aside over 1 acre for sports-activities
and other community-based activities
Maisha Mema needs an operating base to carry out
its activities. The closeness to the
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it a perfect base, and will enable us to initiate
several community-based programs for the population of
the nearby slums
For income-generating activities, a community
hall, a guesthouse and a clinic will be put up.
This is very important for the running of the
program, and also for public relations, as people visit
us and stay for shorter or longer periods (people
visiting us are our best ambassadors!). Also, the clinic will directly benefit 90% of the children in
our program with medical services (as well over a 100 of
the 150 children we presently support, live nearby)
The community hall will also
provide us with excellent space for holding conferences
and courses, both for beneficiaries of our program and
for example health- and social workers.
We will also have the possibility of receiving
groups of foreign volunteers, evangelization teams and
other church groups, as well as organizing local
children- and youth camps.
In addition, regular church services can be held
in this community hall, as it will provide up-to-date
premises including sound equipment. The possibility for reaching children and youth from the
area is only limited by imagination…
Finally, it is extremely important
for a later local take-over that the work is not based
in rented premises, but debt-free, adequate buildings
with a potential for expansion.