In 2011, the association Little Angel was founded to the support an orphanage and school in Kenya, Mombasa (Likoni/Mtongwe). The foundress, Anja Friedrich, got to know the Little Angels after a three months stay in Kenya.
The living conditions were frightening. In early 2012, the kids had to leave the house because the owner sold the plot and they did not have anywhere to stay. The association collected donations to buy a property for the orphanage and to build a home which included rooms for school classrooms. Without foreign help they would have become homeless.
A small property was acquired and the construction was finished in December, 2012. Firstly, the building existed only of rough stone walls with a corrugated sheet roof. Thanks to more donations, the living conditions were improved after some time which included the provision of electricity and running water. To reduce the risk of malaria, we constructed each of the rooms with a wooden ceiling and we bought two 10.000-litre-water tanks to store the rainwater. We have installed a filtration system which allows us to treat the rain water and use it as drinking water for the kids. In 2015, a large piece of land was acquired (6,000 square meters) for agricultural use. With the new piece of farmland we now grow vegetables and keep and breed chickens which should make the home more independent in the future. In addition, the neighboring plot was bought, so that the children could have a playground and in the future, we want to build new class rooms there.
The orphanage is a home for 22 orphan’s and a school for 100 children from the nearby village. We have eight Kenyan assistants who look after the children and also work as our teachers or as carer’s. The initial association founded the home on their own initiative in 2010 and with the only sponsor on site is being a hospital – who provide food once the week for the orphans. The parents of the children who attend our school are living in the local village in poverty and pay low school fees to the association. and in return the kids get breakfast and lunch at school as well as an education. The home and school receives no state support.
Providing an education and support for self-help as the key to success: these are our first principles.
In addition to the orphanage, since July 2020 we now provide support to single mothers in the nearby village. We have founded a new self-help-group: “Likoni Women Hope & Eco“. The aim of the group is “to generate an own regularly income to escape the cycle of poverty”. Additionally, the women from the group organise beach clean-up events and promote recycling to protect the environment.
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