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Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania 15216
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Target demographics: vulnerable girls receive an education

Geographic areas served: Kiserian, Kenya

Programs: The long-term vision of Hekima Place is to stop the ongoing cycle of suffering for healthy children, particularly girls by offering a loving home, a nutritional diet, and a chance for excellence in education.

The key short-term outcomes that Hekima Place intends to achieve are:
1. Providing at least 40-60 girls per year the opportunity to go to primary or secondary school now through 2008.

2. As a result of improved nutrition, 100% of students achieve a healthy weight respective to their age within a reasonable timeframe of their living at Hekima Place.

3. As a result of living at Hekima Place, 100% of students feel they have an opportunity for a better life and a sense of pride in themselves.

Mission:
The mission of Hekima Place is to serve the needs of vulnerable Kenyan girls with excellence, professionalism, integrity and compassion by providing a stable home environment for children. We also support them with providing funds for school - primary through high school with the potential for university scholarships.
Results:
We have grown from 10 girls to over 70 (with 7 in university) ranging from infants to young adults in 10 years! Along with increasing the number of girls we support, we have gone from renting property to fully owning 5 acres with 5 houses, a dining hall, office, and is nearly 100% sustainable with veggie garden (shamba), a water borehole, biobox for purifying/water recycling and animals for food.

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11/07/12
I first volunteered at Hekima Place in Kenya in 2007. Kate Fletcher is the dynamic leader and compassionate founder of this home for girls. The connection to the community and involvment with the development of the whole child kept me returning to work with her and the girls. I volunteered again in ... more »
06/12/12
I volunteered at Hekima Place for six weeks early in 2012 and went to Kenya expecting to make a difference in the lives of the girls of Hekima. But instead, they made a difference in my life. They taught me how they find joy in the simple things of life, they taught me how they seek solace and ... more »
06/10/12
Earlier this year my husband and I had the privilege of volunteering for over a month at Hekima Place. Because we had been sponsoring one of the girls for several years we arrived with a prior knowledge of the wonderful physical set-up and the overall organization. What we didn't anticipate was the ... more »
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