A local government official threatens to close Hands with Hope Safe House and take away the home of 30 orphans. Take 6 minutes to hear the story from the children and their devoted caretaker, Alice, in this video.
$8,200 can expedite the process of moving the children of Hands with Hope Safe House out of harms way in Nairobi. Read more below about the threats being made against these innocent children by a corrupt government official.
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TIMELINE OF THREATS
December 2011: a local government official (the Chief of the slum of Nairobi where Hands with Hope is located) came to the safe house and told the children that he was closing the safe house. The older children ran away from this man, but the three smallest children; Hilary, Sara and Erick were taken and brought to his office and held there overnight. The older children and the house mother ran to tell Fred and Alice (the directors of the safe house) what had happened. Alice went to speak with the chief and to check to see if the children were okay. During discussions with the chief, Fred and Alice became aware that this official is threatening to close the orphanage so he can steal their property and their vegetable garden. Due to growth and expansion in this area of Nairobi the land on which the safe house and garden plots are located has become both desirable and profitable.
March 2012: when our executive director traveled to Nairobi she spoke directly with the children and Fred and Alice and heard the story of how the chief is bullying them in order to steal their property (an act that is not that hard to do against the poor in Kenya).
May 2012: the chief returned once again and the children were forced to move out of their safe house to rented rooms with no running water and no electricity. Though he has yet to officially take action to fully close the safe house or grab their land his threat continues to shadow over the security of the children.
With the help of Light Up Hope, Fred and Alice considered seeking legal representation in this matter. However, due to the unpredictability of seeking legal action against a government official it was decided the next best action is to expedite our plan to relocate the safe house to the new orphan refuge in Kitale, Kenya and to begin moving the children to the Kitale property as soon as it is possible to construct housing on the land for the children.
June 30, 2012: In order to begin construction of the new safe house we must make a payment of $8,200 on the land being purchased in Kitale. DONATE today. These children need your help to guarantee they will be moved out of harms way.