The Kivuli Project works closely with the Kenyan Children’s Department, children’s families/carers to support, advocate for and protect children classified as being ‘in need’.
Kivuli is located in the central highlands of Kenya. The Kivuli Project believes that a family environment is the best for a child’s social and emotional development but that poverty, ill-health and being an orphan are common causes for the separation of a child and their family. We know that children grow and develop best in family units and through running the home-based care program we have seen the positive impacts of children living in a family environment.
Children under the guardianship of Kivuli live in home-based care arrangements either with extended family or community ‘well wishers’ (carers).
Support is provided to the children, their family and to well wishers via a team of Kenyan social workers in Ndaragwa. Kivuli is also passionate about education and supports the children to access education.
Interested in some history of Kivuli?
From 2010 – 2018 Kivuli Project supported vulnerable children to grow and develop to their potential. We utilised two programs, the Kivuli Children’s Home and our Home-based Care Program where children were supported by Kivuli but live with their extended families or guardians.
We had a big dream to see every single child in our program living with a loving and caring family. Our aim was to restore and strengthen the family unit and have Kivuli children living not in institutional care but in a home environment.
To achieve this goal and continue to expand and strengthen our programs we formed a new partnership in 2018 with Australian Christian Churches International Relief (ACCIR). ACCIR shares our passion to see children find families and had the experience and skills needed to achieve this goal.
In 2019 our dream was realised when ACCIR completed a reunification project and all children were either reconnected with their extended family or connected with community ‘well wisher carers’ (similar to foster care) so that they were able to live in a family environment.
If you would like to hear more about our past you can hear Dee Rutherford interviewed about the Kivuli Project on radio show OpenHouse with Leigh Hatcher.