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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 service to humanity. During 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.

During 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 3.6 million children who have been orphaned and are vulnerable. Something has to be done to create an impact in this community.

As a way of changing lives of more children in Kenya, we 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.

After the official registration in Kenya, 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 child 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. Today, our home has helped over 30 orphans. Our home continually receive children who come to beg for food. Any more resources in our home will help us help more children.

We also 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.

In February 2021, our mission was registered as a non-profit organization in the USA with 5 board members including Steve Mercill,  David Campbell Munar, Cheryl Lusson, Emmanuel Sasaka, and Sarah Namukoa. Our 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.

We 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.