Once Forgotten. Now in the family.
King’s Kids Village (KKV) is a home for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC’s) in Nairobi, Kenya.
Our mission is to provide Kenyan children either orphaned or made vulnerable by extenuating circumstances (like abandonment or the death of their primary care-giver) with a home where they can become part of a family again. We believe in keeping siblings together. We believe in education and faith-based values. Our intended purpose is that all of the children who come to us, having faced the reality of loss, pain, confusion, and hopelessness come to feel the embrace of God’s love and belonging through placement into one of our four families at Kings Kids Village. We believe that out of KKV will come strong, healthy, and well-equipped men and women who will impact their culture and world in a positive way for generations to come.
The vision for King’s Kids Village started in 1949, when Paul (Papa) and Eleanor (Mama) Stern were young people entering the ministry. A prophetic word was spoken to Mama that she would one day be a mother in an orphanage; a vision didn’t take shape for more than 50 years of ministry on three continents, including Kenya in the 1950’s and Nigeria in the 1960’s. While visiting Kenya in 2001, a scripture in the Biblical book of Lamentations became like a beacon of light showing the way for them to return to Kenya and begin an orphanage.
In early 2002, they returned to Kenya to look for land. Through the Lord’s miraculous provision, they were able to totally purchase the present location of Kings Kids Village within one month of signing the papers. The first step was to get onto the land, so in November 2002 ground was broken for renovations to the existing house on the land and a new house for Mama and Papa.
They all (Paul and Eleanor, as well as their son, Jon and his wife, Molly and family) moved onto the property in April 2003. Then in July of the same year, they broke ground for the construction of Faith House, our two story building housing four apartments. Just before dedicating it Faith House in May of 2004, the Lord provided our first house parents, Zedekiah and Mary Mkagwa. Soon after that, we welcomed our first two King’s kids.
From May 2004 to the beginning of 2006, we took in a total of six children. The year 2006 will be remembered as one of great change, as we grew from six to nineteen children. Each child came a unique story and a God given purpose stamped upon their lives. We have seen the purpose of God in bringing each of them individually to us. Our staff also grew from seven people to seventeen. In 2007 we grew 25 children and 20 staff. By mid 2008, we had 36 kids and 21 staff.
Today, we have over 50 King’s Kids, about 25 staff, a 4-home complex, an on-site fully staffed school, a farm, and transition housing for our over 18 year old young adults who are building the final foundations for their adult lives.
The number of orphans in Kenya is growing at a horrific rate. The official count at the Department of Children’s Services of the Kenya Government was 1.7 Million at the end of 2005. 2006 figures estimate as many as 2.3 million children they classify as OVC (Orphaned or Vulnerable Children).
Children are so classified because they are either orphaned or in imminent danger of being orphaned in the near future, because the parent or parents are full blown aids or the like.
According the the Unicef website, children in Kenya (aged 0–17) orphaned due to all causes, by the year 2014, were estimated to be 3.6 million.
Worldwide, 16.6 million children under 18 have lost 1 or both their parents to HIV. 90% of these orphans live in sub-Saharan Africa. Of the 3.6 million orphans in Kenya, 1.1 million, or 44%, are AIDS related orphans.
Most families who suffer from AIDS soon lack not only mom and dad, but many of the smaller children fall victim to HIV/AIDS through breast-feeding by infected moms. Most children who are aids orphans have siblings who are separated into different homes. At present, we are one of only a few homes in Nairobi which has a program developed to specifically cater to the needs of families of orphans. As of March, 2010, we have seven sets of siblings at Kings Kids Village.
Most Kenyans grow up with either dis-functional fathers or not ever knowing their fathers. We believe that dis-functional fatherhood plays a huge role in the socio-economic problems which bear much responsibility for the HIV/AIDS endemic in Africa.
Our vision at Kings Kids Village goes far beyond the band-aid approach of providing a nice environment and good education for each child God sends our way. We seek to provide stable father figures for every child who God sends our way, Fathers, who, each with their wife, seek to raise these children in the character and grace that will enable them to be part of the solution to the Africa of tomorrow. At present, we have two fathers who share responsibilities for our four families of children.
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There are many ways you can pitch in and help, but one of the best ways is to give of your resource. We cannot do what we do without your support! Let’s do this together!
Thinking of visiting KKV? Get in touch with us through our contact page and we will be sure to coordinate with you or your team for a visit.