Shelter & infrastructure
Nairobi | Kenya

Shiphrah Centre Children's Home

Shiphrah Centre Children's Home - Martha's Home - Nairobi - Kenya
In progress
Project Status
In progress

Hungry For Life (HFL) and our partner, Everlyne Embenzi, are working with a small orphan home called Shiphrah Centre in Nairobi. Thanks to compassionate and generous Canadians, this little home has been receiving help with student tuition for many years. HFL comes alongside to help with support, monitoring and reporting.

Martha Njeri has a giant generous heart, a lovely smile, infectious laugh and a deep faith. Her home is warm and welcoming, and the children are happy and well looked after. There are upwards of 50 children attached to the home, ranging in age from several months to university. She also cares for mothers with babies who are in transition situations.

She grew up in a very nominal Christian home. She explained the troubles and problems she encountered in her family, in her marriage and on the street; she asked the Lord to speak to her and reveal himself. Her 'test' was that she needed a word from the Lord to not go back to an abusive man who had fathered her children. The Lord spoke through Psalm 57. At that time, she realized she wanted the power of faith and not just the form of it; she wanted the faith and perseverance of Daniel and anyone who knows her, sees that she has found it.

Martha knows what it is like to be a neglected child, to grow up poor and have no food or education. Now that she is an adult and has a strong relationship with the Lord she wanted to find a place in her community. She felt led to help children who were in situations like those in which she had been living. At first Martha only looked after children when they were on the street, providing them with food and love, but she began to see that the next day they would bein the same place with the same problems; in 2006 she began to take them into her home.

Shiphrah is a midwife in the book of Exodus who refused to follow Pharaoh's genocidal instructions; it is said that Shiphrah is one of the earliest, and in some ways the most powerful example of resistance to an evil regime. Shiphrah is an appropriate name for this home, just as Martha is a powerful example of love and resistance to the status quo of child neglect in her community. She has earned a strong reputation in the community and with government workers, doctors, police officers and others. The home has a board of community members that are passionate about caring for her and the children and helping her in her work.

Martha feels so accomplished when she helps her children. Her heart's desire is to see them succeed - to know God and to be caring and loving adults in their communities. She also sees the limitations of her work; her dream is to one day train others to care for more children so that all children in Kenya will have a safe and loving home in which to grow strong.

Latest update

Funding aids progress, prayers raised in hope

School resumed after the midterm break, and the students at Shiphrah Centre were happy to be back in class.

Additional funding allowed work to progress on the Girls Dormitory and Dining Hall. Window frames were painted and installed, and plastering was completed on the interior. Plastering is now underway on the exterior, and the next step will be to install new flooring on the dorm level, corridors, and stairs.

Funding is still needed to complete the flooring, skim the walls with Gyproc plaster, and paint the interior walls as well as some exterior features.  

Everyone at the home is praying for funding to come in soon, so they can move into their new and spacious sleeping and dining areas.

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