Sponsor a Child | Change a Life

Africa Mission & Beyond partners with Huruma Dolor Orphanage in Kenya and operates a sponsorship program which provides basic needs: food, clothing and education for 100 orphans.

Where is Huruma Dolor Orphanage?

Huruma Dolor orphanage is located near the town of Migori, Kenya. It is home to about 100 orphans. The name, Huruma Dolor, is Swahili for “compassionate molding” and that is their vision—to reshape the lives of these children who have lost so much and to give them a bright future. Africa Mission & Beyond has partnered with Huruma since 2008 when Michael Smith first visited the native run orphanage started by Peter Akweyona who had the heart of a teacher and a vision to take in orphans and educate them.

What prompted AMB’S partnership?

At that time, the children ate meat once a week and fruit once a month. The night before the visitors left to return home, they provided a bountiful meal for the children. (this “feast” has become a tradition every time we visit ever since) One of the children spoke up at the end of a joy-filled evening and asked, “Do you eat like this all the time?” That evening, Smith made a promise to the orphans to come home and do whatever it took to help provide for them a balanced diet.

What Has Sponsorship and Partnership accomplished?

Over the years, as the number or orphans grew, Africa Mission & Beyond built a new orphanage facility which now houses 100 orphans and boarding students as well. In 2017 a brand-new Secondary School was completed so that the high school students could remain on campus all the way through graduation. In 2019 a new primary school was built since they were still using some of the original mud, stick and stone rooms of the old orphanage.

Last summer, our fourth set of high schoolers graduated. Huruma’s schools consistently perform with some of the highest scores in the district. Their teachers work for less money than they would receive in a public school, yet the quality of education is much higher. Some of the graduates are now volunteering at Huruma and helping teach classes in the school, others are getting vocational training and some attending University.

If you visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hurumadolororphanage/, I encourage you to scroll through the yearly photo albums and see the changes that have taken place over the years. This has come about largely through sponsors like yourself.

How much does sponsorship cost?

Sponsorship is the single most effective tool to the success of Huruma’s vision. $720/year is a full sponsorship. 100% of funds goes to the orphanage.

How long do I have to commit to sponsorship?

We realize that financial situations change and sponsors may not be able to support their student through graduation. When this happens we just ask that you let us know promptly of the change so we can make the child available for sponsorship again.

How do I make payments?

We are desiring to shift to annual or semi-annual payments to minimize bookkeeping but will still accept quarterly and monthly payments at this time. We look to phase out monthly payments within the coming year. Paypal, checks or bill pay are viable options.

  • Send PayPal payments to sponsorship@africamission.com. If you send it as a personal payment, there is normally no fee deducted.
  • Checks are made payable to Huruma Orphanage, P.O. Box 2042, Nixa, MO 65714.
  • If your bank offers monthly bill pay, contact us at sponsorship@africamission.com for banking information to set up a monthly payment.

What is next after I sponsor a child?

New sponsors will receive a Welcome pack with details about correspondence and a photo and bio of your child. You are encouraged to write your child right away, as we also will be sending them a letter telling them the happy news that they have a sponsor along with your name so they can also write you a letter. Sponsors are are able to correspond with and send periodic small monetary gifts through the program for the child’s personal spending account which allows them to purchase small items they might desire throughout the year.

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