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The name Casaupendo
means House of Love. Casaupendo
orphanage was founded by Steve Mercill,
Emmanuel Sasaka, and Sarah Namukoa in honor of Hayfork's Everyone's
Doctor Earl Clayton Mercill MD. As a GP doctor Earl Mercill
dedicated his 50 years in serving the community. His
wife Mariane Mercill had wanted to care for orphans all her life but
wasn't able to do it. Today her Son Steve Mercill with the help of
Emmanuel sasaka and Sarah Namukoa has made Mariane's dream come true.
We founded Casaupendo out of our deep passion for
a safari visit in Kenya we identified the many needs of Kenyan people.
Majority of people live in poverty. Some people live with less than
one dollar a day. The children mostly orphans suffer in the community
with no one to help them. With the high rates of HIV/AIDS infection in
some regions in Kenya, parents die at a younger age and leave their
children with either elderly grannies who can't afford a simple meal or
with no one at home to care for them.
our safari visit in Kenya we visited a foster home in rural Kenya
Bungoma and delivered education supplies to
the children. We realised that these children had many other needs
including food, clothing, continuous
supply of education material, mentorship, and counseling. The children
need willing persons to give
them unconditional love and care. We weren't able to deliver
everything these children needed. Also, based on our research, Kenya
has an alarming number of orphans.
Something has to be done to create an impact on this community.
As a way
of inviting other willing
persons to brighten lives of orphans, put a smile on the face of a
child, and give some hope for a better tomorrow, we decided to set up
our own orphanage to care for orphans. At first we started with one
child, and soon we had three children. Next, we were advised by the
county government to register our home as a community based
organization to touch more lives. In November 26th 2018,
Casaupendo CBO was registered as a community based organization to
support orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya.
official registration, we conducted a simple survey in one village
within Tranzoia County in Kenya and noted that there were
over 1000 orphans in need of help.
These orphans live in poor conditions, with their elderly grannies who
can't afford a single meal. In one home an orphan said to us "We sleep
hungry most of the time when granny brings home no food". The granny in
the home shed tears to us saying "I beg food in the streets to feed
these children. When I get no food, we sleep hungry. Please help me".
We delivered food to some orphans and enrolled 14 orphans in these
homes in our program. We would have wanted to enroll more children in
our program, but we couldn't do so because of the limited resources.
Our CBO now
supports a total of 14 orphans.
support the feeble grannies who cannot afford a single meal.
In the photo we visited a home and found an orphan with his granny
hungry. They had not had a meal for 2 days. The two live in the tiny
mud house in their background. We delivered food for the orphan and
granny and enrolled the orphan in our orphan program. In our program
each child gets 2 meals each day,
educational suport, school uniforms, clothing, counseling, mentorship
and spiritual guidance. We need support to be able to provide an
additional meal to these children and add more children to our program.
program manager Sarah Namukoa is a psychologist by profession and has
helped create programs that shape the children into achieving most of
their developmental milestones.
depend on your support to realize
our goals of keeping the orphans healthy and in school to pursue their
dreams in life. Please donate to our programs. Look at our impact page
to see what we do and support our programs.
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