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History

Waisenkind

When some of our members were travelling around Africa to look at and learn from the diverse projects initiated to improve the quality of life in underdeveloped regions, they realized that in these developing countries the local people faced a multitude of problems. Two of the most difficult problems to solve were POVERTY and AIDS. Many young parents had already died because of AIDS and had left so many orphans. Their grandparents were too weak and too poor to take care of all their grandchildren. The few orphanages run by the Kenyan government were not in a position to offer a new home to thousands and thousands of helpless children. It was appalling to see so many of these kids living in and on the streets under terrible conditions - for body and soul: prostitution, criminality, drug addiction, loneliness, no education, no chance, no future.

Heim in Lanet

It was this experience that motivated Geert Schroeder and Kristiane Ewert to start raising funds - first from their own resources but also by appealing to friends, neighbours, schools and companies for financial support. As a result, various spectacular events and shows had attracted people's attention, so that enough money had been donated to rent a house with a large compound in Nakuru, a huge town in Kenya. They found reliable friends and partners there and opened the home with eight AIDS-orphans on 28th August 2008. It was hard work and for Kristiane who assisted: renovating the house, looking for suitable schools, buying beds and furniture and all the household-stuff you need in order to live with an extended family. All the members of staff agreed to stay in the home day and night, so the children got a lot of care and love.

Of course they had to cooperate with the authorities and other relief organizations: with the provincial and district children's officers as well as with AIDS-organizations etc. Quite a few of them came to have a look and were very satisfied to see such a well-organized home, a "paradise" - as one of the guests said. They praised the nice rooms, the very healthy food, the professional health care, a good education in private schools, and - last but not least - the affectionate family-like atmosphere. So there were no objections at all against our home: on the contrary, they offered their help whenever necessary.

Kindergruppe

When the first group of eight children (twins among them) felt very much at home, the team raised the number to 15, trying to find their real brothers and sisters to join us. Sharifa, Lovett, Lavine and Sheila are siblings, the same is true for Maureen and Caro small and also for Mary, Joyce and Kangeche.

Meanwhile Malaika-Home had become fairly well-known in Nakuru-District. The former Minister for the Environment - today the chairman of the SPD in Germany, Sigmar Gabriel, paid a visit to the home when he took part in a conference in Nairobi. Together with the German Ambassador, Mr. Lindner, he toured the compound and they planted two trees for the Malaika-children. Today he is Malaika's honorary patron, who helps to open doors to potential donors.

Radreise

In summer 2009 there was a spectacular fundraising-tour on bikes through Africa - 10,000 km! - from Cape Town to Nakuru, undertaken by Malaikas founder Geert Schroeder and his friend, Immanuel Schulz. This event captured the imagination of the media in Germany and Kenya and focussed attention on the problem AIDS and how Malaika-Home is trying to alleviate the suffering of a few of the millions of orphans that now exist in Africa. The Kenyan minister for children's affairs, Mrs Murugi, welcomed the Malaika-Project and praised the Malaika-Team for their concept, their vision and their commitment.

In December 2009 Malaika founded NAKCHI (Nakuru Children's Homes Initiative), an informal, independent organization for orphanages in Nakuru-area whose members regularly met monthly to discuss their problems and learn more to improve the children's situation in the homes.

Malaika Haus

After two years of a peaceful and busy life in Lanet, we heard that the landlord was not willing to renew the contract. We tried everything to change his mind - in vain. In spite of all the hurry we succeeded to find another compound - not far away. A very pretty place, but very expensive,too.

In October 2010 we got the news that the home had just been finally registered by the administration in Nairobi.

Three more children were welcomed, and there were no worries. Malaika had a lot of guests and voluntary helpers from Germany which was a big help.

Rohbau

One day the owners of the compound sent a letter to tell Malaika that they would change the contract. Although that was illegal, but Malaika had no chance to win in court. Our lawyer and other friends advised us to buy own property - to get rid of greedy landlords. We tried to find a compound and were lucky again: We found a compound in Njoro (near Nakuru), roughly 2 acres with a rough brick building, close to a river where water could be used for the garden and field.

Bauarbeiten

The price was fine, the lawyer agreed. We started the construction of altogether three houses with the help of the Kenyan friend Luka and up to 25 workers. Kristiane was present all the time to supervise. On 31st July 2011 we moved into the house although we had to live in a construction area: bricks, sand, open roof, water dripping from the walls, deep holes, metal bars, a lot of noise and rain, rain, rain!

It was a big step forward for Malaika-Home into the future - into a good future. Our most important aim to have a home of our own, to have the freedom to do what is necessary and the option to decide on future projects, has come true.

Regenbogen

There was a revival of the "Salama Malaika Self Help Group": Many new friends and neighbours became members, and the committee team is so busy. We feel fine. So we even dared to take in more children: now there are 20 children living in the Malaika Family. Life slowly gets back to normal: Several schools accepted our children in the middle of a school year, irrigation for the shamba was installed, even a bio-gas-system was constructed. We are progressing.

Aims

  • Protection from the streets
  • Aminga Our first aim when taking in orphans is basic: protecting them from the streets with all the associated dangers (criminality, prostitution, drug addiction, injuries, death); giving them shelter, food and a bed to sleep in.

  • Family-like atmosphere
  • Aminga The next step is to offer a family-like atmosphere with Dad, Mama, Uncle, Auntie and several brothers and sisters. And they should have the chance to feel secure.

  • Education
  • Aminga Moreover, they should have the chance to go to school and receive a sound education so that one day they will be able to earn their living. So cooperation with schools is important. Some of the kids seem to be bright enough to attend secondary schools now and in the future.Teaching them good behaviour and other social virtues is also necessary: being helpful and polite, thoughtful towards weaker persons, honest and reliable. On the other hand we encourage them to be confident and self-responsible, active and creative. We try our best to be good role-models. We want to offer extra-curricular activities like sports (acrobatics, swimming, football, table-tennis etc.), dancing and singing, acting on stage and reciting poems, new technologies and basic life skills (milking, cooking, gardening, shamba work etc.).

  • Food and healthcare
  • Aminga Food and healthcare are two more fields where we aim at achieving good results. We have conceived a menu which is based on modern ideas of nutrition. Regular health-tests show that our children are healthy and fit. We have also introduced the free medical examinations and vaccinations which are occasionally conducted by the state.

  • Security
  • Aminga Another important issue in Kenya is security. The little town Njoro is not as dangerous as some parts of Nakuru. But we had to realize that we have to protect ourselves. A wooden fence, metal windows and doors, several sirens and strong lights help. We developed good contacts with the police in Njoro, and we are pushing a security initiative in our area together with the local authorities. We intend to construct an electrical fence as soon as we can afford.

Compound

Malaika Haus

Our Malaika compound is situated in Njoro which is a little town about 15 km away from Nakuru, a town with a big population - nobody can tell the exact number of inhabitants. We - the Malaika-family - have been living here since 31st July 2011. We are still busy making it a nice home to feel fine. Especially several projects are being implemented: irrigation system, bio-gas, fishpond, greenhouse, solar energy, security fence etc.

The compound is roughly two acres (70 x 85 metres) with three houses:

The Main House. This is the centre of the compound with a kitchen and store, a big living- and dining-room with a fireplace, shower, toilets and three bedrooms for the girls and babies together with one auntie to take care of the little ones. A part of the living-room is a bit separated from the rest to be an office for the manager.

The Boys' House. Here are five bedrooms for the boys and two male caretakers plus sanitary department. The Guest House. This is a building with two bedrooms (office included), a kitchen, a sanitary area and a little extra room which can be used as a storeroom or an extra guestroom.

The three houses are surrounded by big verandas to protect from heavy rains or give shade from the hot equatorial sun. In order to "harvest" the rain water, gutters were installed around each house to collect it in several big water tanks.

We are proud to have accomplished an underground bio-gas-system that helps us to keep the bills for gas next to zero. Five cows (one is giving milk) "feed" the bio-gas system with their dung. A part of the compound is used to grow nepia-grass to feed the cows. Another part of the compound is used as a "shamba" - a field for growing vegetables and fruits. An irrigation system connected with the river helps to water the plants. A lot of bushes and flowers make the compound pretty. Not to forget a big playground - a paradise for our children: with a swing, a see-saw, a tree to climb and keep balance, a fireplace, horizontal bars, a football field and - a tree-house for kids with a lively imagination.

Our many, many rabbits enjoy the kids and just one dog has remained from a big number (some were poisoned by neighbours, some got lost or died from weakness or by traffic).

Outdoor toilets and showers as well as a washing place for utensils and clothes plus store-rooms help to organize everyday life.

Looking at security: This is a problem wherever you are in Kenya. Burglaries are part of life. In order to protect ourselves we have a wooden fence, metal windows, doors and gates, several alarm sirens and flashlights which - in case of emergency - can light the compound like a football field. Moreover we made a contract with a security organization (a recommendation from the local police) to send a night watchman. The future will help to decide if we might need the electrification of the fence. Our contacts with the local police are very good! They have assisted us several times already. Together with the local authorities (chief and District Officer) we organize a security concept for the whole area.


Grßere Kartenansicht

Setting objectives

  • We will give priority to education
  • We intend to establish a library with books in English and Kisuaheli: not only children's books, but also books for adults. This is a chance to be open to the community and invite neighbours and friends to borrow and read literature, fiction and non-fiction, even newspapers.

    We are very satisfied with the progress of our acrobatic-lessons, but we will try to add music, dance, drama and swimming - although there is not so much time left in the children's timetable: school makes great demands on them - maybe even too great.

    We will continue teaching them IT - writing emails, using WORD, EXCEL, OFFICE etc and searching the internet. With the help of German donors we can provide several laptops.

    We will teach them methods to develop their responsibility - for themselves and for others, to strengthen their self-confidence, their empathy and their respect.

    A long-term objective is the foundation of a Kindergarten or/and Nursery School offering to the community a new style of education with the motto: Learning by Playing.

  • We will put our finances on a firm footing
  • We will pay back the loans we received to purchase the compound and construct our three houses.

    We will increase our efforts to motivate more people in Germany - and also Kenya - to donate in favour of the welfare of the orphans in Malaika-Home.

  • We will continue concentrating on sustainability
  • We intend to buy one more compound to use it for agriculture: growing vegetables, fruits, maize, as well as nepia-grass and other plants to feed the cows.

    A greenhouse will help to be independent from shops and markets.

    A fishpond will be very useful - and is supported by the Kenyan government financially - to produce nutritious food. SMSHG's members have decided to concentrate on that with a special (financial) effort.

    We will continue with the irrigation system.

    In addition to the bio-gas which we are already producing, we aim at the installation of solar energy to reduce the costs for electricity in general, but also to get the option of constructing an electrical fence for security reasons.

  • We will admit some more children into Malaika-Home
  • We have the space and - we believe - sufficiant donated money to accept some more needy orphans.

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