Rotary reaches out to Kenya’s orphans

Rotary reaches out to Kenya’s orphans

By Aretha Fouch Price

After a disputed presidential election in Kenya in December caused riots and a national emergency, Rotary clubs in Nairobi, along with clubs in Sweden and the United States, increased their support for projects that help orphaned children.

The Rotary Club of Stockholm International has contributed more than US$5,500 to the Phyllis Wambui Memorial Children’s Home and School near Nakuru, Kenya. Since December, the number of orphaned children there has increased threefold.

“Some of the children are coming to the home on their own looking for somewhere to escape the violence,” says Jacinta Njoroge-Iahti, founder of the facility, which she named for her mother. “We also found children … on the roadside not knowing where to go. And some of the children are being brought to the home and school by guides or children’s departments in Kenya.” An expatriate now living in Sweden, Njoroge-Iahti regularly returns to her native country. Continue reading