Smile Community Centre Children's Home Kenya



    Harmony and Jane Visited the Centre
    Harmony and Jane from USA who visited Children at the Centre

    Just like food, shelter is one of the basic physiological needs a human being needs to grow both mentally and physically. Without this, that person is being denied one of the pathways to their growth. Provision of safety is key to human growth.

    Smile community children home, located in the informal settlements of Kayole-Soweto in the eastlands of Nairobi has become a safe haven for vulnerable children in the informal settlements, who are mostly left alone orphaned by HIV & AIDS. The center runs with support of well-wishers.

    It started in the house of Margret and later in rooms made of iron sheets hosting 9 children and 9 other children referred to other homes due to lack of enough space and facilities. The children at the Centre used kerosene lamps to study at night. 


    Children reading using kerosene lamps at night
    On the left,informal settlement of Kayole, On the right smile children reading using kerosene lamps at night in the first centre which was made of iron sheets without electricity

    The current centre is a leased plot, which was renovated through the support from Cindy,Harmony,Jane,Mark and Peter.

     Construction site smile
    The  leased plot and the abandoned rooms which were renovated.
    The  leased plot and the abandoned rooms during construction..On the extreme right,Margret painting the walls
    The  leased plot and the abandoned rooms full of activities after construction

     The centre is located in the eastlands of Nairobi at soweto, opposite shillo community primary and secondary school. You can connect from donholm using savanna road and stop at jacaranda stage where you can be picked to the centre.

    We are getting a lot of requests from the local police station and people in the community to host and support more vulnerable children but due to lack of enough space and sustainable donor program, we are not able to take in many children , we are networking with other children orphanages in Nairobi to refer these children there.

    Our dream is to have enough space to comfortably accommodate and support more children, have a community school and hospital for the Centre. We are currently running an M-Changa fundraiser for purchasing land and construction of a bigger home.

    The pressing needs at the Centre

    • Rental Payment for accommodation 
    • School fees, all the children need education and currently the centre does not enough regular support for the education program. The Centre relies on donations from friends and income generating art works
    • Bedding

    How you can support

    • Donate towards Home construction fund - Jengea Yatima Nyumba
    • Food items
    • Prayers,Mentor-ship,Counseling
    • Volunteering your skills
    • Clothing
    • School Stationery (Books, pens among others)
    • School fees

    To donate online,Click here

    To donate towards home construction, Click Here