For Margret Nekesa our founder, it took a step of faith to start our children’s home after her long period of community work in supporting OVC (Orphans and Vulnerable children) in the informal settlements of Kayole and Soweto.Some of the children completely had no safe place to live.It was a long period of referring these children to where they could find help like surrounding children homes for refuge.The challenging part was that the homes too could not take in more children due to lack of resources and space.
There was no other option but to start.The beginning of smile community centre children’s home is a long story which we shall be sharing and for today, we will focus on one area of progress which we have achieved through well wishers. Education!
Our first children had to borrow textbooks and they studied using a kerosene lamp.Today some have completed college and 2 of them are now in university (Scroll up to the last photo below).
Compared to our first space,we now have a better learning place and books courtesy of our selfless supporters like you.Our last books were donated by Angel Arms of Hope and Mwana Arts Space.
We aim to support more orphaned and vulnerable children once we get enough resources and more space.
Epic things start with small humble steps.Pay respect to your beginnings. And if you’re just starting out, know that it’s OK to be sucky. To be small. To be messy and chaotic. Just make sure to never ever stop #dreaming.