Lamu remains one of the poorest counties in Kenya. Whilst the poverty rate in Kenya is 46,1%, it rises to 60% in Lamu where more than 60,000 people live in extreme poverty. A number of uprooted people, mostly women and children, are settling down in slums around Lamu town. For these people, far from their villages, family and tribal ties are broken and resources are non-existent. ANIDAN provides shelter in the midst of such poverty caring for the needs of Lamu islands most vulnerable children.
ANIDAN is an NGO & shelter home that today houses 100 children but feeds, dresses, cares for and educates over 200, many children have escaped from abuse, been abandoned or orphaned. Under the care of ANIDAN we see the children grow and gain confidence for their future. In addition to their most basic needs, ANIDAN is building an arts & crafts centre on site to provide children from nursery school to university age with an opportunity to study arts & crafts, essential to any child's development.
The arts & crafts centre will provide new skills and an arts education to the children of ANIDAN, it will also become a cultural & artistic hub for the wider community, employing local teachers and bringing diverse artistic communities together. The centre will hold workshops to other children in Lamu. It can host regular exhibitions, film nights and seminars. In addition to the studios, a gallery will provide an exhibition space and shop to sell and exhibit arts and crafts made by the children.