We are constructing Daraja House in order to go full-circle with the orphan children which God brings to us. We feel that God would have us care for these kids just like any of you would care for your own children. The Kenyan Children’s Department requires that once a child reaches the age of 18 he/she must move off the property of a children’s home or orphanage. Since we do not want to just send our older kids back to the slums, we are preparing a transition home for them, which we are calling Daraja (bridge in English) House. This building will serve as a “bridge” from youth to adulthood for our older young people as they finish up high school, go to college, or get their first jobs. As you can see from the architects drawing below, we will have plenty of room in this 30,000 square foot building to not only provide room and board for our own First Love kids, but also to rent out rooms to other college students who need a place to live, since none of the colleges or universities in Nairobi have dormitories. In this way we hope to be able to make some local Kenya income which will help to offset the ongoing expenses to operate Daraja House.
OPERATION HOPE KENYA
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11.
Nairobi, Kenya is the home to the worlds largest slum: Kibera. Over 1 million people crammed together on 6oo acres.
PROVIDING HOPE AND A FUTURE
Operation Hope is the name of a ministry of love and compassion that First Love International Ministries launched in April 2004 in an attempt to rescue orphaned boys and girls from an otherwise hopeless situation in the Kibera slum.
FIRST LOVE KENYA CHILDREN’S HOME
First Love Kenya’s Children’s Home provides a safe, loving, Christ -centered environment to grow and learn. The children have been orphaned through AIDS, disease, violence, or simply been abandoned by their parents. First Love becomes the legal guardian for each of the children, and provides for all of their physical and educational needs.
FOOD FOR LIFE
First Love’s Food for Life ministry provides food to children’s homes and schools in the Kibeara slum. $3 / MONTH provides breakfast and lunch to an hungry child in Kenya.
BARAKA WOMEN”S CENTRE
Providing a livelihood for widows and single mothers by teaching them to sew.
The Baraka women make beautiful handbags, aprons, and other craft items that First Love sells in the states to provide an income for their families.
They have also made the curtains for the children’s home and school uniforms for the Raila Education center.
Check Out Baraka Women’s Centre
FIRST LOVE NETWORK
First Love Kenya has formed the First Love Network to partner with other children’s homes and feeding programs in the Nairobi area. First Love assists them with food, construction projects and child sponsorships. The First Love Network has provided services to Abbas House, African Children’s Project, Morning Star children’s homes and the Little Lambs feeding program.