Kiotani, meaning "In the nest" in Kiswahili, is located in Lukenya Hills about an hour south-east of Nairobi.
It is where Sponsors For Kenya in collaboration with Living Positive Mlolongo and New Hope on January 12th, 2015 opened Kiotani School. Kiotani now has 129 children from the neighbourhood who are happy and eager to play and learn. Some of our kids walk for two hours to get to school. We have eight teachers who are doing a wonderful job encouraging and guiding the children. We also have a groundskeeper, a cook, a night guard and caretakers for the orphaned and most vulnerable children living at Kiotani. Most staff members live on the property with the children. At the moment, 59 children call Kiotani their home.
We are always expanding and never turn a child down who needs safe housing. We rely on donations at the moment and our goal for the year 2020 is that Kiotani will be self-sustained and not have to rely on external funding.
Kiotani has solar panels for sustainable electricity and a biogas system will be installed shortly to eliminatethe cost of cooking fuel. Since 2015 we have our own well with clean water that supplies the farm and school.
We are currently fundraising to build a boarding house for the boys with a maximum capacity of 80 children. The former volounteer house and the original kitchen have been fitted to accomodate a smaller group of boys at the moment since seperate accomotation is required for boys and girls according to government standards.
The greenhouse and fields of crops holds tomatoes, kale, spinnach, corn, eggplant and onions that is sold to make an additional income and to provide the children with nutritious food. There are also many goats and several cows on the farm that generate extra income and provide milk for the morning porridge.