Bethesda Children's Home, Nakuru
Bethesda Children's Home in Ngata, Nakuru provides rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration services for young boys aged 6 to 14 years who have been living on the streets. It sought to transform the lives of former street children through a small scale income generating project
The Safaricom Foundation partnered with the Bethesda Children's Home to establish a sustainable income generating activity to enable the Home to provide for the needs of the 40 or so young boys, and to raise vital income to cover some of the operational costs for the Home.
Through a grant from the Safaricom Foundation, the Home constructed a poultry house and stocked it with 200 layers. On a daily basis, the layers produced four trays of eggs. Some of the eggs were to feed the boys, while others were sold at KSh. 200 per tray. Bethesda quickly grew the number of layers, from 200 to 500 with the income earned from the sale of eggs, and set a target to earn Ksh. 90,000 per month. Proving that success starts with small steps, within 12 months of establishment of the poultry house, Bethesda Children's Home expanded into greenhouse farming. This model of sustainable income generation has allowed the Home to provide better learning and rehabilitation facilities for its young boys, step by step.