Makindu Children's Program

The Mission of Makindu Children's Program (MCP) is to provide financial, advisory and technical guidance to Makindu Children's Centre (MCC) and support their efforts to provide nutritional, medical and emotional support, and access to education and vocational training to destitute AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children.
Sep 1, 2015

Begging for food

On International Children's Day, June 1, 2015, Makindu Children's Program fed 1,450 orphaned children a nutritional meal of rice, beans, maize, and fresh garden vegetables. For many, this meal was the biggest one they will eat all year, certainly the most nutritious one they will eat.

One of the children fed that day was named Mbinya. Mbinya says she will always live to cherish Makindu Children's Program and the support offered to her that day. Mbinya is the first born of seven children, and is now 17 years old. Both of her parents died of AIDS in 2011. She and her siblings were taken in by an uncle who works as a nightwatchman in a different town and her alcoholic grandmother. The uncle's wife died of AIDS in 2012 leaving Mbinya the responsibility of taking care of her six siblings plus her uncle's two children as well as running the household while the uncle was at work. The grandmother left them to fend for themselves and moved to a different town. Mbinya would then, on a daily basis, walk from house to house begging for food. Her uncle's meager earnings weren't enough to feed everyone, let alone pay for any of them to attend school or get new clothes or shoes. While begging in the streets, she heard of a charity meal being offered to orphaned children on International Children's Day. Tired, filthy and in rags, Mbinya gathered up her siblings and cousins and went to find this charity meal. The bounty of food offered was overwhelming and the kids ate to their heart's (and belly's) content. Mbinya talked with one of the Makindu staff and shared her troubles. Makindu staff then set the family up with weekly food rations and an open invitation to walk the 10 or so kilometers to the Center for a meal, a bath and laundry services. Makindu staff were also able to give Mbinya some seeds to grow her own vegetables to help supplement their food rations.

By feeding Mbinya, her six siblings and her two cousins, Makindu Children's Program has given them all HOPE for a better future, reassurance that someone cares, and the warmth and satisfaction that accompanies a belly full of nutritious food. We could not have fed them without your support. Thank you for your past generosity and for caring about the hundreds of innocent starving children in rural Kenya.

We ARE making a difference!

May 26, 2015

Combatting malnutrition

Mutenthya in April, terribly malnourished
Mutenthya in April, terribly malnourished

Malnutrition is an inherent problem throughout Kenya, which is further complicated by many political, social and economic factors. Makindu has been a drought-stricken area for the last few years now, with meager rainfall destroying annual hope for reasonable harvests and subsequently the chance to feed families and children.

There are two forms of malnutrition present in Africa. "Marasmus" is secondary to a total depetion of calories and produces the typical skeletal, ghostly bodies seen in refugee camps. "Kwashiorkor" is more frequently seen in Kenya, and is due to a relative lack of protein within the diet. Children with kwashiorkor can initially look deceptively healthy, as they are often swollen with more full features, but are suffering from a profound weakness, lethargy, and often with major body system failure. Kwashiorkor in children presents a servere threat: if they survive at all, they frequently have life-long complications of growth or mental retardation, bony and muscular weakness, and weakened heart and other organs. When malnutrition is severe enough, it causes a weakened immune system. This in turn makes the children much more susceptible, and unfortunately they often die of relatively minor illnesses.

Makindu Children's Program offers a daily nutritious meal to the children. This meal is generally a vitamin and protein rich porridge supplemented by fresh vegetables and beans grown at Makindu Children's Centre. The children also receive at least one glass of milk daily.  After as little as four months of daily nutrition, a malnourished child will be transformed into healthy happier child. Jaundiced skin will be replaced with a healthy glow.Vacant eyes will sparkle with joy and hope. Patchy thin and dull hair will grow thick and shine. Weak and plaintive cries are replaced with giggles, squeals and laughter. With a cost of just 50 cents a day to feed a child, we can save him from malnutrition and possible starvation with as little as $60.    

Mutenthya came to Makindu malnourished, anemic and listless. Four months later she was transformed into a giggling, bubbly, happy and energetic youngster. Makindu Children's Centre provided Mutenthya - and hundreds of other children like her - with food, love, basic medical care, caring encouragement and advocacy. These are all such simple interventions, and now Mutenthya and the others have a real chance for a future. They have HOPE.

Mutenthya in August, happy and healthy
Mutenthya in August, happy and healthy
Food is life.
Food is life.

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Mar 19, 2015

Final Report

Makindu celebrates clean water
Makindu celebrates clean water

Makindu has clean water!

We are pleased to announce that our project to provide clean water for 1,200 children in rural Kenya is now COMPLETE!

Though there were bumps along the way, we have reached or surpassed our goals. The flow of water is quite strong providing Makindu Children’s Centre with more than enough clean water for not just 1,200 - but 1,800 – orphaned and vulnerable children served at the Centre. These children can now bathe, cook and do laundry with the water flowing at the Centre. There is enough water to also irrigate the Centre’s farm crops, enabling the Centre to supplement the children’s diet with fresh home-grown vegetables. Additionally, the surplus water can now be sold to the community (at a much cheaper rate than the Kenyan water utility). The income generated from the water sales and the savings from not having to purchase water will be used to help sustain our food and health programs. Water is Life…in so many ways. 


From hydro-geologic surveys and drilling permits, to borehole equipment and holding tanks, to plumbing within the Centre, you have helped transform the daily life of hundreds of people. Thank you!


Any more funds received for this project will go into our food program at the Centre, providing nutritional meals to the 1,800 orphaned and vulnerable children served at the Centre. Please visit this project at Feed 1800 orphaned and destitute children in rural Kenya .


Asante Sana!

Clean hair and body, thanks to water for bathing
Clean hair and body, thanks to water for bathing
Happiness is a belly full of good clean food
Happiness is a belly full of good clean food

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