In Kisumu: Amani Cottage

If you've never met our kids with special needs, then you don't know what you're missing. We guarantee you'll be the one feeling 'special' by the time you're saying goodbye.

caregivers1. When did Amani Cottage open, and how did that happen?
The first of the children with special needs were transferred to Kisumu in early 2008. This was the creation of the Amani Cottage unit.

2. What is the specific work that Amani Cottage does? What ages are the children you care for?
We care for children with special needs. All these children first came to New Life as abandoned babies. When it was discovered that they had special needs, they were brought to Kisumu. Once old enough, they were then moved into the Amani Cottage unit. Currently, the children are aged between 2 years and 11 years. We care for these children and run a home schooling programme for them based upon the UK special education system.

3. What are 2 or 3 of the major milestones in the history of Amani Cottage so far?

  • Early 2008: we transferred the first of the children with special needs to Kisumu to start the Amani Cottage unit.
  • May 2013: we broke the ground for the new Amani Cottage building.
  • May 2014: we moved the children with special needs into the new Amani Cottage building.
  • 29th November 2014: we held the Official Opening ceremony for the new Amani Cottage building with Clive & Mary Beckenham as the guests of honour.

administrators4. As you look to the future, what are your hopes and dreams for Amani Cottage?
We want to see Amani Cottage develop as a centre of excellence in the care and education of children with special needs, because we firmly believe that it is the right of every child to such care and education, no matter how physically or mentally disabled they are. We are committed to providing this care and education throughout their childhood, leading on to appropriate care for them as adults. As a centre of excellence, Amani Cottage should also have a positive impact on the local community, encouraging best practice in the care and education of children with special needs.