An emergency situation has led to the MFFO Board of Directors deciding to create a new home for 34 orphaned girls outside of Nairobi, Kenya.
A few weeks ago we were jolted into action and have had our heads buried in making the necessary preparations ever since. Their current home is no longer suitable. So, we are going to be finding a new location, securing child services approval, renaming the home, moving the girls, and taking over complete responsibility for their care. And by complete, we mean 100% of their needs. Rocky tells the story better than I ever could.
We are teaming with Stepwise, an organization run by our very close friend, Sally Hayes, and our Kenyan NGO partner, Sisters Arise Project. Together we have secured the approvals required to move forward in obtaining a new location. Once we’ve found the location, we must furnish it and procure the necessary supplies so the child services official can give us a seal of approval.
This was an unanticipated development and it has created an immediate need for funds to support the home at all levels. We want to be able to have at least six months of operation costs in hand before we move the girls. This is in addition to the startup costs for the home itself.
- 6 months rent in advance: estimated $12,000 USD.
- Furnishing the home – furniture, beds, sheets, towels, supplies: estimated 10,000 USD
Operation Costs for one year:
- Food – roughly $1 per girl, per day: $12,000 USD per year
- Utilities: estimated $4000
- salaries for six: estimated $12,000 a year
- medical and counciling: $4,000
- personal items such as toilet paper, soap etc: estimated $2,000 a year
- security system for the home: estimated $1,200 a year
In addition, we will be establishing a new volunteer program, setting up a high speed internet connection to the home and creating a mentoring program for the girls with other women/teenagers her in the US.