This year, 2012, Cara Projects opened the Cara Girls Rescue Centre in Kibiko, Nairobi, Kenya. This will work in conjunction with the Kenyan Government’s Children’s Office and cater for up to 40 girls aged four to twelve years. These are children who will have come to the attention of the Children’s Office as victims of neglect, abuse, female mutilation or incest.
This Centre has been fitted with new beds, bedding, kitchen, dormitories, showers, dining hall and T.V. room. We hope to make this Centre as self-sufficient as possible. We are in the process of setting up a fish project and a chicken project.
We also have three volunteer rooms, complete with a toilet and shower in each room, which we can rent to overseas volunteers and students who come to stay in our Centre. We firmly believe that the way forward is self-sufficiency. In today’s climate it is getting harder and harder to raise funds in Ireland. We know this is going to take time but hope that in 2013, after our next trip to Kenya with volunteers, we will have all these projects established.
Edwina Kwallah, a lady who has worked with Cara Projects for the last three years is our administrator in the new Centre. We also employ house-mums, a cleaner, security men and a farmer in our Centre providing much needed employment and shelter for the local people.
This week, August 2012, we received our first child through the children’s office to our Centre. Her name is Jackie and is 7 years old. She was found by police roaming the streets. She had run away from her family because she was being abused. This girl will receive love, attention and counselling at our girls home.
After five years in Kenya, Cara Projects, this month, was recognised by the Kenyan Government as a registered Charity/ NGO (Non Government Organisation).