In Madogo: Day Centre

Whether it's because of drought or famine or inter-tribal conflict, Garissa seems to make the news for all the wrong reasons. But just a few minutes away, in Madogo, we are quietly transforming the lives of dozens upon dozens of desperately poor children. Time to read some good news for a change.

administrators1. When did Madogo Day Centre open, and how did that happen?
We opened our doors in January 2010. The Madogo centre is situated in the heart of one of the poorest and most disadvantaged regions of Kenya. We wanted to reach out to the many children in this community who have either been abandoned because they themselves are HIV positive, or orphaned because their parents were.

2. What is the specific work that Madogo Day Centre does? What ages are the children you care for?
We offer guidance and counselling to young children (aged 3 to 10 years) who are either infected with, or affected by, HIV-AIDS. We also create awareness and sensitization within the wider community concerning HIV related issues. Alongside this, we run a daily feeding centre for the malnourished children in the locality.

3. What are 2 or 3 of the major milestones in the history of Madogo Day Centre so far?

  • Life Transformation: the lives of the children attending the centre are manifestly better because of the long term feeding and counselling programmes they benefit from.
  • Community Response: we have been warmly welcomed and excellently supported by the local community.
  • Leadership Development: alongside the work we do with the children, we are also engaged in identifying, equipping, and empowering local leaders to be effective members of their community.

4. As you look to the future, what are your hopes and dreams for Madogo Day Centre?
We would love to extend our operations to include a rescue facility for abandoned babies in this corner of Kenya.