AMWIK keeps date with Shangilia children’s home
AMWIK organizes annual visits by members to the home and members donate various items which are normally given as a wish-list in advance by the home.
During this year’s visit, the AMWIK team was led by Welfare Committee chairperson Liz Opudo and Programmes Manager Lilian Juma. The team donated various items including, shoes, metal boxes, clothes and foodstuff and money, all donated by AMWIK members and the secretariat.
The children presented some entertainment which included performance by the home’s brass band, comprising of some very gifted children. AMWIK members introduced themselves one by one and shared words of wisdom and encouragement with the children bearing in mind that majority of the children are orphans.
Pauline Aswani, the home’s project assistant gave a brief history of the home saying it was started by a local actress the late Ann Wanjugu in 1994.
Ms. Aswani informed us that the home caters for children of various needs such as those with HIV, orphans, and the very poor. She enumerated success stories of children who had worked hard and become professionals holding decent jobs. The home, she said currently accommodates 77 children within the small compound. Older children above the age of 16 are accommodated in rented quarters nearby.
Aswani said the home uses theatre as a training tool and children participate in the brass band, acrobatics and dance. At the time of the AMWIK visit, 11 children were reported to be on a European tour performing their crafts.
AMWIK Welfare Committee chair, Liz Opudo encouraged the children to work hard and reminded them of the need to support the home once they were out and working. AMWIK is proud to be associated with children who are full of hope despite their difficult circumstances.