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Nakuru Center, Kenya

IHF has been working in Kenya since the late 90's with the marginalized tribes in East Pokot. Our Nakuru Center offers care for orphaned children, children who have been at risk or children whose parents, due to poverty, are unable to support them. Living conditions in East Pokot are extremely difficult, with famine, drought and conflict resulting in many orphaned and/or homeless children who have no means to support themselves. Additionally, local communities face many hardships, including ownership of infertile land and disease, resulting in income being difficult to earn.

Our Center is run as a family and never as an institution. We provide an informal environment where children can feel comfortable and be themselves. We understand that this is crucial to their integration into society. An informal and transparent environment allows all members to speak about their problems, which creates an atmosphere that is conducive to growth and learning.

Our Peace Farm of just under 7 acres goes from strength to strength producing maize, kale, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and onions--the staples of Kenyan food. We also have developed a rabbit and chicken farm that produces meat and eggs as an important supplement to the children's diet.

Our children are so special. They are deeply committed to attaining their education whilst retaining their traditions and respect for their East Pokot heritage. We need to ensure they become the future leaders of Kenya to assist and protect that heritage.