In Nairobi: Kilimani Home
Our oldest home is also our busiest home. Situated in the very heart of Kenya's bustling capital, that's really no great surprise. And it has a very special place in our hearts too.
1. When did Kilimani Baby Home open, and how did that happen?
In 1993, Clive & Mary Beckenham became aware of the plight of abandoned babies, particularly those infected with (or affected by) HIV-AIDS. A year later, as a Christian response to this dilemma, they opened their first baby rescue centre in Loresho, Nairobi. In 1999, we relocated to our present, larger property in Kilimani
2. What is the specific work that Kilimani Baby Home does? What ages are the children you care for?
We rescue abandoned babies (newborn to 6 months old) and care for them until they are adopted. If they are not adopted and are approaching their 3rd birthday, then they outgrow our baby and toddler units, and are transferred to Hebron House in Nakuru. Because of the specialised work we do, we are registered as a medical centre as well as a children’s home.
3. What are 2 or 3 of the major milestones in the history of Kilimani Baby Home so far?
- First Babies: we rescued our first abandoned babies in 1994.
- Permanent Home: we moved from rented property in Loresho to our own home in Kilimani in 1999.
- Building Extension: we were blessed with a two-storey extension, courtesy of a very generous donor, increasing our capacity to rescue and care for even more abandoned babies.
4. As you look to the future, what are your hopes and dreams for Kilimani Baby Home?
We want to see Kilimani Baby Home continue to be a centre of excellence in the rescue and care of abandoned babies. We want to see all our children either reunited with their biological families (in the few cases where that is possible) or adopted into loving ‘forever’ families.