My visit to Nyumbani programs in June 2006 changed my life forever. I was taught life lessons by the youngest and oldest Kenyans I met and everyone in between. The Kenyans led by example, through their faith, professionalism, dedication, and determination. I am a better person, more focused and purposeful, having visited Nyumbani. From the joy exuding from Mass, to the laughter of the children, and the singing of the grandparents, my stay was filled with moment after moment of inspiration. What encourages me most is Nyumbani's vision for sustainability of its programs and reintegration of most of the people under their care, back to the communities whence they came. Nyumbani is preparing the children for a future of living possitively and of being self-sufficient adults. Donations to Nyumbani go right toward helping any individual of need. I have made life long friends with many of the Nyumbani family and have dedicated myself to helping anyway I can. Please go to the web site www.nyumbani.org and learn more about this amazing nonprofit that is changing the lives of over 4,000 people infected and/or affected by AIDS. Join the Nyumbani family. You, too, can make a difference!
Visiting Nyumbani was an amazing life-changing experience and this is absolutely an organization that is worth supporting and one that you can be sure your money is going directly to benefiting the lives of children and families. After my visit I became a sponsor of one of the children at the Village. I plan on visiting again at some point in my life, hopefully when my child is old enough to join me.
I had the pleasure of visiting Nyumbani and all its services/programs--the Children's Home, the diagnostic laboratory, the Nyumbani Village, and Lea Toto--in November-December of 2009 with my Masters in International Public Service graduate degree program from DePaul University (Chicago, IL). Having studied nonprofits extensively prior to my arrival in Kenya, I was especially moved and impressed by the caliber of the work Nyumbani was doing. Every staff member is committed heart and soul to the work and mission of the organization, and the children in each program (Lea Toto, the children's home, and the village) were immensely happy (and well, or on their way to be). The Nyumbani staff all care for the children as if they were their own, and the organization itself is run responsibly, with local leadership, and is doing all it can to ensure that these children can lead productive and healthy lives despite their diagnoses. I would love the opportunity to visit and serve Nyumbani again in the future, and I strongly encourage everyone to learn more about the organization and to donate (financially) to support their very worthwhile, very life-changing projects and ongoing endeavors.