“Watu,” meaning “very important people” in Swahili, is the overarching theme by which this residential children’s home operates. The staff believes it is a privilege to serve at WatuWaMaana because each child has been intentionally placed there by God for a specific purpose. They are focused on shaping the child to become a person of great character with Christlike values. Their efforts can be easily seen as the children boldly share their testimonies and fill the church with heartfelt songs of praise.
Who We Serve; Currently we have 43 boys and girls residing in the centre. We also have 22 children in secondary schools who live with their relatives or good Samaritans in their communities. In total we are giving care to 65 children this year. God saw us through the year in good health and good school performances from the children. We are still growing strong spiritually.
Schooling and Occupation Development: 10 children sat for the secondary school final exams and 1 attained B+ hence qualifying to join Public University. The others will join tertiary colleges while one opted to repeat grade three. We thank God so much for his sponsor who agreed to give him a second chance. May God bless her abundantly. 5 children attended primary school final examinations (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) KCPE last year. We thank God that all of them joined High School. We have 24 children in secondary school this year. Amazingly, one of our children was featured in a national television showing his talent.
One of our young adults who came in our centre in 2006 graduated in December with a Bachelor of Education. We are grateful to Celeste through HTOT who sponsored Peter through his degree program. God bless her mightily. Our pastor (James) was granted a scholarship to finish his degree in Biblical studies. We are so grateful to Grassroot (UK). Another one of our girls has now graduated as a policer offer while yet another is training in beauty and hair dressing. So many lives changed.
Integration: We reintegrated 4 children so far this year. One of our children who had been brought in our centre in 2014 by a good Samaritan was reunited last December with his mother and siblings. It was such a miracle and an emotional reunion. The mother however is sickly and very needy. The child who was integrated found that he has three younger brothers who are also very needy.
We had a tragedy last year. One of our girls (Loise) mother was involved in a road accident while on her way to come and pick up her child from our centre and she died. It was a really sad and emotional experience, but God saw us through. We were able to comfort Loise and our pastor attended the burial. The mother hailed from Webuye which is about 350 kms from our centre. The mother had been divorced and was raising the children by herself. Loise has five other siblings and we are now looking into ways of assisting two of her younger sibling.
In the spring of 2017, WatuWaMaana installed shipping containers along the front of the property with the purpose of subdividing and renting the space to merchants to generate income for the home. To date, the kiosk program has proven successful and space is in high demand. We are hopeful that this initiative will help WatuWaMaana become financially self-sufficient. We are ready to expand this we find willing financial donors to provide additional kiosks.
Recent Mission Trips: Students from United States International University Nairobi (USIU) renovated our kitchen and installed a beautiful gate to our premises, replacing our old and falling one. May God bless them. Some friends the USA renovated our boys’ toilets and bathrooms and built a urinal for the boys.
Needs & Opportunities
A Child's Future Changed - Peter
Here is Peter Kiguta who is sponsored by CEleste. He has completed his Bachelor of Education in Kenyatta University and is teaching Practise at PCEA Kagema Secondary School. He will be graduating in December.