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.
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.
It is my great pleasure to spend time with Kate, her staff and girls on some Sunday mornings. The wecome that my brother Jim and I receive whenever we visit warms my heart. And it is such fun to have Kate's two dogs greet us then run around with the children. The children are engaging and articulate. They listen when I talk with them, and they express their gratitude for gifts that I bring for them. They seem genuinely happy to see me. The staff - house mothers and grounds keeper and gardeners - are also pleasant to be around - and greet me when i come. It is a joy to arrive at the grounds - the surroundings are so well kept - lovely flowers blooming, gardens full of growing maize and other vegetables. And the buildings are so colourful - and the attitude of the children reflect the acceptance and love shown them. The best thing for me is that the girls seem so happy and at ease around each other, Kate and the staff, and when and if there is a need for correction it is done respectfully and lovingly.