The Home has a total population of 81 children, 41 girls and 40 boys. Children are provided with standard accommodation facilities approved by the Public Health Office. The children are cared for by government approved housemothers and housefathers. They live in family units of 12 children under a house parent and share life as a family. The houseparent's are entrusted with the daily welfare and upbringing of the children.
The children are offered frequent health checkups at the Public Hospital. There are 3 volunteer physicians who offer free medical check-up at the Home on monthly. The Home has also established referral hospitals where they are offered subsidized rates. There is a clinician in the Home and one of the administrators is a pharmacist. 80 percent of the children are on antiretroviral therapy. These are life saving drugs which at the moment are provided by the government. However for those children who develop resistance to first line of treatment, the Home has purchase second line of treat at Kes.4,000 per child per month.
Currently our home hosts 81 children, 50 of which are in the 1st level of primary education in the neighbouring public schools while 21 are in secondary school and 7 children are in pre school this year 2016. 2 teenagers completed their secondary education last year 2015 and are awaiting to join tertiary education.
While primary education is highly subsidized by the government, secondary education is expensive with annual fees of Kshs 40,000 per annum all inclusive.
The children are provided with spiritual nourishment with the Home. The caretakers go through formation in order to support the children adequately without intimidating their spiritual growth. The Home community also participates in spiritual life of Nyahururu Catholic Parish.
The children are offered guidance and counselling services in the Home on a weekly basis and whenever need arises. They are also are empowered on personal responsibility and general life skills. They participate in extracurricular activities within and outside the Home with other children. The caretakers go through monthly continuous learning to constantly renew their motivation and refresh their knowledge and skills in working with the children.
The children are provided with nutritious diet that supports their immuno-suppressed immunity. A lot of the food consumed in the Home is contributed by the community. However, the nutritional content and volume depend and on the season and is limited to the crops grown in the area. The Home manages a kitchen garden and keeps some livestock to cut on food costs, supplement the diet and provide an opportunity for the children to participate in some chores as they would do back in the community.
The Home reaches out to other HIV positive children and community through awareness raising and community mobilization. This has been instrumental in sustaining community involvement and participation in support of the children and other children in need in the community. Through the outreach programme the children are also able to keep in touch with their relations and community at large.
The Home is managed by a committee of 15 volunteers. These are representative of the community and give a strong link between the Home and the community. This enlists a sense of ownership of the Home by the immediate community. The Home is currently administered by 4 sisters of Dimesse congregation and 1 lay person. They live in the same roof with the children and oversee the day to day management of the Home.
The community participants actively in all aspects of the Home.Young people offer voluntary services, different people volunteer professional services and one-third of food and clothing budget is contributed by the community through in kind contributions. This has sustained active relationship between the Home and the community.
Currently the Home is financed by the comunity through well-wishers from both churches, schools and other different publics.
In December 2008, when all the children went home for Christmas holidays one child did not come back. The grandmother felt that the child was no longer vulnerable (in terms of immuno-suppression) and she was ready to care for his grandchild. After sever meetings with the grandmother and assessment of the situation it was agreed she was able to care for the child and it was in the best interest of the child.
The Home envisage a future where the children will find a conducive home after stabilizing to be reintegrated back to the community and create space for other destitute HIV positive children. However an outreach programme needs to be sought out to ensure the wellbeing of reintegrated children.