1. NLHT Journey (1994)

The story of NLHT began when Mary Beckenham was seven years of age. Seated in a church in England, she heard of the needs in Africa and the needs amongst children. There and then, Mary made a commitment that when she came of age, she would go to Africa and have a children’s home. This finally came to pass on a Sunday afternoon in 1992 in Nairobi, Kenya. Missionaries Clive and Mary Beckenham came across an article in the local newspaper highlighting the plight of 35 babies who had been abandoned in a local hospital for being HIV positive. In those days, these babies were expected to die, and the knowledge on the management and care of HIV/AIDS and, in particular, its effects, especially in babies, was scarce. Clive and Mary strongly felt they needed to give hope to such babies. After much consultation and counsel, they started a rescue centre in 1994 – two years later – in their rented residential house in Loresho. The inaugural management committee comprised three members committed to the care and love of the babies, whether they survived or not. They started by rescuing the first three babies, and by the end of that year, the number had grown to 18! Today, we celebrate our founders, Clive & Mary Beckenham, for taking the bold step into the unknown. New Life Home Trust is still committed to rescuing abandoned and other extremely vulnerable babies, giving high standards of CARE to the children in our Homes (spiritual, emotional, educational, physical, medical, social) and placing these children into loving family situations (biological family reintegration, foster care, and adoption). We celebrate the more than 2550 abandoned babies rescued and cared for since inception! 

2. NLHT Journey (1995)

The Centre continued to rescue babies, and on one of those occasions, seven babies were rescued in one go! Some of them needed immediate medical intervention as they were either premature, while others were very sickly and malnourished. Thankfully, our in-house nurse quickly responded to the medical needs of the babies. In 2015, we employed our first full-time night nurse to work alongside Mary, a qualified nurse and midwife, to help care for the babies in dire need of medical care. We are grateful for the growth from one nurse to a team of over 20 medics (full-time nurses, locum nurses, volunteer doctors, and consultants) under the incredible direction of Dr Paul Wangai Jr. Our medical staff work round the clock to ensure that our children’s medical needs are met. In addition to Dr Wangai, a team of several specialised doctors is available and offers pro bono consultation services in all four homes, some of whom have served faithfully for over 20 years! 

3. NLHT Journey (1996) 

Initially, Clive and Mary thought that the new Centre would be a hospice, that they would care for the babies for a short period before they died, giving them the best care in the little time the babies had. Remember, little was known about the management, effects, and care of babies with HIV/AIDS. However, the babies were determined to defy the odds, and they were surviving and thriving! How, you ask? Well, with good nutrition, medicine, a lot of love, and a tremendous amount of prayer and faith in Jesus Christ! So, the management decided that the home should develop further, cease to be a temporary nursing home/hospice, and become a home for giving new life. 

4. NLHT Journey (1997)

Rescue and care of babies continued, and the Loresho rented property was quickly filling up. In 1997, the search for a new location that would become a permanent home for the children began. To date, we celebrate the team that launched this vision and all who, as NLHT, gave and raised the initial funds that would be put down as a deposit for the new property. 

5. NLHT Journey (1998)

On June 15, NLHT acquired its legal status in Kenya. Another significant milestone was acquiring our Kilimani property in Nairobi, where the main home and central office are currently located. Did you know that our four homes were donations made for the children by an anonymous donor? We remain grateful to all the donors who sacrificed to ensure our baby homes are in safe and accessible neighbourhoods. Many of our stories are of ‘miracles’ of provision. 

6. NLHT History (1999)

On February 14, we moved from Loresho to the property in Kilimani. The home was incorporated into a Trust, and the name changed from New Life Home to New Life Home Trust. We held the first Trustees and Board meeting in the same year. It was also the year we received a visit from a major donor, The George Phylnormal Foundation, who would later be instrumental in facilitating renovations and extensions at New Life Home Trust. As much as the properties were donated, we needed to remodel the buildings and make more rooms to accommodate more babies and staff. 

7. NLHT Journey (2000) 

NLHT Kisumu was opened on December 15 2000, in a rented property before moving to the donated property on Nehru Road. Before the year ended, we rescued our first baby. Our first staff member was Prisca Ondeche, a Kenyan intensive care nurse who would later become the Co-Administrator of the home. Every evening, Prisca would carry the rescued baby to her house. Her husband, John Ondeche, left his banking career to join NLHT as the home Administrator. The home developed in stages. The 

first stage was as the unit for rescuing babies and toddlers, and later for caring for children with special needs and teenagers/young adults who had grown under our care. John and Prisca Ondeche, may God remember all your sacrifices, and may Psalm 20 be true for you! 

8. NLHT Journey (2001) 

In 2001, NLHT opened the Lamu Island Day Centre and School, made possible through a generous property donation by a well-wisher. Initially, it was intended to have a baby rescue Centre. However, the local government children’s department and community requested us to concentrate on working with abused and underprivileged children. The Centre served as a haven for many children by offering to counsel and sponsor education and feeding programs for needy children in Lamu County. 

However, in 2015, insecurity in Lamu caused by militant groups in neighbouring Somalia forced NLHT to close the centre, as we were unable to raise operational funding. 

9. NLHT Journey (2002)

In 2002, a borehole was drilled at the NLHT Kilimani home. The borehole was an answer to prayer. Before this, NLHT Kilimani experienced varying and unpredictable supply of water. However, as the years have passed by, indiscriminate drilling of many other boreholes in our area by many residential and commercial properties that have come up over the years has affected our water supply and quality. Funding has been raised for a second borehole and a purification system. 

10. NLHT Journey (2003) 

In 2003, we obtained our first family unit, “The Ark”, near the Kilimani home. The Ark Family Unit then served as a home to our older boys and girls (3-5 years old) who were still under our care. Later, the older children at Kilimani and Kisumu were moved to Kericho. The girls were moved to the existing rescue home, Nakuru, and the boys to a rented property nearby. 

11. NLHT Journey (2004)

In 2004, NLHT partnered with Amani Children’s Foundation (ACF) USA, an organization founded in the USA by Drs. Chad & Jane Stephens for the support of NLHT. NLHT is deeply grateful for the sacrificial and passionate support that we continue to receive. Their love for the babies and staff at NLHT is undeniable. NLHT Kisumu – The Amani Cottage housing children with special needs was named ‘Amani’ after ACF because it was through the generous giving of ACF and other donors that the unit was constructed. 

Add logo and link to – Amani logo: https://www.amanichildren.org/ 

12. NLHT Journey (2005)

In 2005 NLHT Nakuru Home was opened! The home can host 35 children. It is registered as a Charitable Children’s Institution. The home has two units: Hebron unit with infants and toddlers and Carmel unit, a family unit for pre-teen and teenage girls. In the same year, we rescued seven children, now young adults in various universities and colleges. 

13. NLHT Journey (2006)

In 2006, NLHT opened a home in Mombasa and Nyeri. The properties were donations from well-wishers. At this point, NLHT’s vision and desire was to have an NLHT Centre in each of the 8 

provinces in Kenya. The new Kenyan Constitution in 2010 created 47 counties from the eight provinces. An NLHT Centre in each province would make it easy to rescue and care for babies without bringing them to Nairobi. This also meant that more abandoned babies would have a home. 

Opening the two homes was a further step towards achieving our goal. Unfortunately, the Mombasa home was closed after a short period due to a lack of abandoned babies. 

14. NLHT Journey (2007)

In 2007, work commenced on the new Kericho home in partnership with James Finley Limited. The Kericho home was a family unit that housed children over three years old across our homes. Later, the partnership with James Finley Limited ended because of political insecurity in the area. We transferred the children to Nakuru and finally settled the boys and girls in Bethel House – Kisumu and Carmel House – Nakuru, respectively. Each family unit mimics an ideal family. 

Work of constructing the Amani Cottage for children with special needs commenced in our Kisumu Home. Currently, Amani Cottage hosts 13 children ranging between 2 and 18 years old. 

We pray they will navigate their teen years with God’s help and guidance. 

15. NLHT Journey (2008)

In 2008, the Kericho home was officially opened at Finley’s Tea Plantations. It was the second family Unit after the “Ark” in Nairobi. It was to be a home for our older children. That year, NLHT was running a total of 6 baby care Centres: Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nyeri and two family units: The Ark in Nairobi and Kericho “Children’s Village”. The first children with special needs were transferred to the NLHT Kisumu home. 

16. NLHT Journey (2009)

In December 2009, the Kericho Children’s Village was closed due to civil unrest instigated by the post-election violence in 2007/2008. The children were moved to our Nakuru home, where we set up two family units: Bethel House for boys and Carmel House for girls. In the same year, we received a piece of land as a donation for a children’s Centre in Madogo–Garissa, Upper Tana River. The Centre was to offer child sponsorship and education services to children from 

poor backgrounds in Madogo–Garissa. The construction work lasted three years due to poor weather conditions, flash floods, and irregular funding. Later, the educational services were transferred to Gobanti in the Lower Tana River. 

17. NLHT Journey (2010)

In 2010, with dwindling funding and challenges in the administration of the numerous homes, the NLHT Mombasa home was closed. The children were moved to NLHT Nairobi, Kisumu, Nakuru and Nyeri homes. It was not an easy decision to make, and we thank God for the babies that we were able to rescue and care for in Mombasa. 

18. NLHT Journey (2011)

In 2011, the Foster Care programme was introduced to the overall NLHT programme. Our mission culminates in settling children with families by reintegrating them with their biological families, 

foster care and, where these two have not been possible, adoption. That is why re-vamping the Foster Care Programme in 2018-19 was exciting. Some of our children are now with foster families. We want to give a special shout-out to all the current and future foster parents. Thank you for welcoming our children into your families!! NLHT Nakuru and Kisumu homes were in serious need of bigger 

vehicles. In 2011, we purchased two reconditioned vans for the two homes. These vans have served us well as rescue vehicles, ambulances for sick children, etc. They have been our “beasts of burden”, ferrying heavy supplies across our four homes. 

19. NLHT Journey (2012)

In 2012, a re-vamped Local Advisory Committee (LAC) of NLHT Kilimani’s home was inaugurated. Each NLHT home has since formed a LAC. The teams comprise committed, supportive, and accessible local community members. The LAC teams across our four homes offer counsel, accountability, and other professional services – primarily pro bono. Today, we celebrate all our LAC members. Thank you for your sacrificial service to the staff and babies at NLHT. You often work behind the scenes, and you rarely seek recognition. We say, Asante Sana! 

Another milestone in 2012 was the official opening of NLHT Madogo – Garissa Children’s Centre, whose construction began in 2009. We are grateful for the children whose lives have been transformed at the Centre. The Madogo Centre was closed several years later because of flash floods that destroyed it. 

20. NLHT Journey (2013)

In 2013, the Board of Trustees (BOT) renewed their willingness to serve the children of the Trust. Words are not enough to express how grateful we are to each member of the Board. They have consistently demonstrated servant leadership. Thank you for your commitment, sacrifice and love for the babies and staff. 

Also, the journey of looking for a National Director to replace our retiring Founding Directors began. The same year, NLHT moved the older children from the Ark in Nairobi to NLHT Nakuru home. 

There, they joined other older children in Bethel House and Carmel House. In 2013, NLHT began constructing the Amani Cottage Unit at NLHT Kisumu home to specifically host all the children with special needs in our care. 

21. NLHT Journey (2014)

In October 2014, the search for a National Director ended with the appointment of Dr Janet Mutinda. We are grateful for the momentum that Janet brought to the organisation. Under her exceptional leadership and guidance, NLHT has scaled heights and achieved significant milestones. She loves the babies, children and staff and defends them fearlessly. There is no doubt that God hand-picked her for NLHT! 

In the same year, our Founders – Clive and Mary Beckenham officially opened Amani Cottage. The unit can host 20 children with special needs. The special needs children first came to NLHT as abandoned babies. When it was discovered that they had special needs, we transferred them to NLHT Kisumu home, and we are still committed to caring for them no matter what their conditions are. These children are adorable despite the various challenges they grapple with daily. Some are in school and have shown remarkable improvement in their studies. Others are on regular physiotherapy sessions, and we have noted noteworthy progress. We honour our exceptional team members who work tirelessly to care for our children with mild to severe special needs conditions. 

22. NLHT Journey (2015)

In March 2015, we closed the Lamu Centre due to a lack of funding and community insecurity. It was a painful decision, considering the excellent work that was taking place and the children whose lives had been transformed at the Centre. The same year, our Nyeri home held its first charity walk and raised over Ksh. 400,000! Good job, team Nyeri!! The event birthed many other events that gave the home much-needed visibility. Today, we celebrate all our friends and partners who have supported our homes since their inception. 

May God richly bless you! 

23. NLHT Journey (2016)

In 2016, one of our toddlers, accompanied by one of our colleagues, travelled to the USA for cochlear implant surgery. This was made possible through a volunteer and a friend to New Life Home Trust, who mobilised friends in the USA to fund the entire trip to and from the USA, accommodation, and treatment for the child! 

In the same year, NLHT launched our social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Through these platforms, we have enhanced our visibility and acquired many friends! We are grateful to everyone who liked our Facebook page and followed us on Twitter and Instagram. Special thanks go to Social Meds Digital for managing our social media platforms!!! They do this pro bono! May God bless you all richly. 

24. NLHT Journey (2017)

2017, we purchased a new house for the Bethel boys, an annex near the main home. This was an answer to prayers because the house where they lived was becoming too small for these youngsters who were growing fast – the boys had moved to Kisumu the previous year, and we needed more space for them. We began renovations for the newly acquired house in the same year. 

25. NLHT Journey (2018)

John and Prisca Ondeche stepped down from Kisumu leadership after 17 years of service. We thank them for the exemplary leadership offered to the Kisumu team. May God bless you! 

26. NLHT Journey (2019)

NLHT turned 25 years!! To celebrate this exceptional silver anniversary, NLHT hosted three events: The Big Reunion for all our adoptive parents and their children, dubbed “Coming Back Home”; a fundraising Gala Dinner and our first-ever Golf Tournament. 

This would be a new experience for us because we had never held events of such magnitude before. We had developed funding proposals, but despite having no funds, we were not going to allow fear to dampen our spirits! NLHT has always relied on God to move others to support our mission. 

The Big Reunion was held in February, and a key highlight was watching videos and listening to former NLHT children, now young adults, honouring our Founder Directors (Clive and Mary Beckenham) and thanking NLHT for giving them a second chance at life. 

The Gala Dinner and the Golf Tournament were also success stories! We want to thank all our friends and partners who gave generously in cash and in kind to make our events successful! Because of you, we could grandly celebrate our 25th anniversary. ASANTENI SANA – THANK YOU!! 

27. NLHT Journey (2020)

In February, we bid farewell to our Founding Directors, Clive and Mary Beckenham, at a private luncheon attended by their colleagues and close friends, primarily those instrumental in the earlier years when NLHT was being established. It was bittersweet; bitter because it is never easy to say goodbye and sweet because Clive and Mary have left a rich legacy and have given NLHT a good name. “The end of a matter is better than its beginning”, and as we said our goodbyes, we celebrated Clive and Mary for finishing strong and ending well. 

Thank you so much for the sacrifice, love, and commitment with which you have served the vulnerable children in Kenya. May God continue to do good to you and your family. Psalm 92: 12 -15 is our prayer and blessing to you: The righteous will flourish like a palm tree; they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will thrive in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age and stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock,  and there is no wickedness in him.” 

Clive and Mary continue as emeritus trustees and are in regular contact with the Board. 

28. NLHT Journey (2021)

This was the COVID year, and when it was declared a pandemic in Kenya, all 4 NLHT homes set up Quarantine Units under the medical director, Dr Paul Wangai Jr, and his team of nurses and volunteer doctors that would care for the newly rescued babies as well as the staff in the homes. A strategy was put in place, and rescued babies would be under the care of a few caregivers and nurses, who would voluntarily lock down and isolate themselves for 10-14 days (the mandatory quarantine period). Following the quarantine period, COVID-19 tests would be done before the babies are integrated with the other children in the main homes. We stayed on even through the worst of the pandemic. We are also thankful that all the babies we rescued were COVID-19-free, and continuing with our mission did not put our babies or staff at risk. 

29. NLHT Journey (2022) 

As a Charitable Children’s Home (CCI), we were glad to have the COVID-19 restrictions lifted. As an institution that entirely depends on well-wishers for donations, we saw a dip in giving as the nation could not determine how long the lockdowns would last. Now that more and more corporations were opening up, we were able to have our 2nd Golf Tournament at the Karen Golf Club. We received much-needed support from corporations and individual golfers who helped sponsor the event in cash and kind. The proceeds went towards our children’s medical fund. We say a Big Asante sana. 

30. NLHT Journey (2023)

We forge on….Link to Events page 

( content in Our History folder) 

-Run & Bike poster 

– NLHT calendar 

– Kilimanjaro Climb poster 

 


OUR HOMES

In the last 29 years, we have diligently responded to calls of rescue and faithfully cared for more than 2500 babies, with approximately 85% now placed in loving families. We are thankful that our mission in the 4 locations nationwide, i.e. Nairobi | Kisumu | Nakuru | Nyeri, has continued.

NAIROBI HOME

All the NLHT homes are donations from well-wishers. The Nairobi home was the first to be established. It opened in 1994 and can host 52 babies and children (newborns to three years). It has dual registration as a Charitable Children’s Institution and a Private Medical Centre. Click for more (NB: more content on homes in the pages below).

KISUMU HOME

The Trust established this home in 2000, and it can host 57 babies and children. Like Kilimani, Nairobi has dual registration as a Charitable Children’s Institution and a Private Medical Centre.

NYERI HOME

The Trust established this home in 2006 and can host 24 babies. It is registered as a Charitable Children’s Institution and provides a home for babies and toddlers. It is comparatively the smallest in size but has made significant strides in rescuing babies from as far as Moyale.

Nakuru Home

The Trust established this home in 2005, and it can host 35 children. It is registered by the government as a Charitable Children’s Institution.