Perth woman building orphanage in Kenya to save children from prostitution and trafficking

Perth woman building orphanage in Kenya to save children from prostitution and trafficking
Perth woman building orphanage in Kenya to save children from prostitution and trafficking

Editor Denise S Cahill is in Kenya volunteering for Nakuru Hope.

JUST days before Susan Saleeba left for Nakuru, Kenya, she raised enough money at an event in Perth to finish building her second orphanage.

The Nakuru Hope founder, of South Fremantle, this week got to see the progress on the US$65,000 orphanage that is being built on the not-profit’s farm to house 35 boys.

This new building will free up space at the current orphanage in the Kaptembwa slums that is adjacent to the Gabriel Learning Centre so it can become home for more young girls.

Ms Saleeba said there was a big need for girls in the orphanage, to stop them being sent in to prostitution and becoming victims of child trafficking.

The new orphanage will have two wings with two dorms in each wing.

She said older boys would share with the younger students so they could become mentors.

“When some of our older boys came to us they were very young and the house fathers were their mentors, now they’re big boys and can mentor the young boys,” Ms Saleeba said.

There will also be two house fathers on site.

Building started in April and is expected to be finished by the end of July.

Ms Saleeba said she was now focused on raising money for furniture such as bunk beds for the orphanage as well as a school bus to get the boys to school and back each day.

Visit www.nakuruhope.org to find out more.