Global Roots

Global Roots improves the lives of orphans and disadvantaged children with support of local humanitarians from all over the world. We feel the best way to bring about positive change is to offer assistance to the humanitarians who have already taken the first step to help the children in their local community. They are our heroes and it is through them that Global Roots works to protect the world's most valuable asset, its children.
Jan 25, 2013

AIDS/HIV outreach program launched

We sent a team to Mtito Andei in early January to work with Global Roots manager Ritchie Mutua Martin on the expansion of outreach activities in Mtito Andei.

This poor region of Kenya remains one of epicenters for the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Kenya. Nearly 60% of the woman here are HIV positive and because many of them are widows, they are forced to turn tricks with truck drivers who stop here over night. Mtito is located halfway between Nairobi and Mombasa and it has always served as an R&R location for truck drivers.

We have always seen the need for an HIV/AIDS education kiosk on the highway so we were pleased when a San Francisco financier agreed to raise funds for it.

Our cultural center on tribal land near Mtito will be used to train the young men who will man the kiosk.

Ritchie Mutua brings a great deal of knowledge to our outreach team because he used to do HIV/AIDS outreach in the Mtito community for the Kenyan Wildlife Service.

Besides our outreach activities, we continue to fund two children's gardens and chicken egg farms in the local area for a successful school lunch program. We also provide solar lighting to dark huts so that children from poor families can do their homework.


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Aug 23, 2012

Update regarding our children's garden

our children
our children's garden in Baharak

As you will see from the photos below, our Children's Garden is blooming and hundreds of orphaned, abandoned or extremely poor children now have haven to visit where they can learn, heal and grow.

The vegetables from our garden are given to the children for home consumption.

We are now breaking ground on a chicken egg farm that will also be tended by the children. A handwashing station will be built next to the chicken egg farm.

We are also talking about a "Girl's Garden" where all girls who participate will receive books for school and scholarships for advanced education.

another shot of our garden
another shot of our garden
Aug 23, 2012

July Service trip to Kenya and project updates

Rick with Matulani school children
Rick with Matulani school children

Our founder and a team of nine (including four local staff)  traveled across Kenya in July to check on the progress of all projects, investigate the soundness of a new project that will protect young Maasai girls from Female Genital Mutiliation and keep them in school and assist/train our local staff.

We started in the Maasai Mara where we interviewed young Maasai school girls and had long meetings with Caroline Nangeya -- a brave Maasai woman and FGM victim -- who has taken in more than 42 girls who ran away from both FGM and forced marriage.

After carefully analyzing Mrs. Nangeya's efforts, we determined that she understands the importance of transparency so we agreed to cover 100% of the food costs for these 42 runaways when they are home from boarding school for two months a year. We are now raising funds to build these children a proper dormitory.

We also traveled south to Mtito Andei where we have been supporting an assortment of poverty reduction projects since 2004.

1. We picked up shovels and helped Chairman Leva construct a new building that will be used as a Cultural Center.

2. We inspected the children's garden and chicken egg farm at Matangini School and met with the school master to find out what more we can do for his 300 children.

3. We delivered a complete outfit (shirt, pants and shoes) to more than 10 orphans.

4. We installed solar panels on at least 20 of the areas poorest homes so that school children can do their homework for the first time with a proper light bulb.

5. We visited remote children's homes and inspected the poorest part of Mtito -- on the East side of the Nairobi/Mombasa highway.

6. We visited the hospital and met with the nurse we have been supporting for two years.

Please see the attached photo

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