Important update Nov 11th 2017
First of all we would like to thank you for your continued support over the last twenty one years, this has allowed Bethlehem Nyumba ya Mikate to change the lives of many children and influence their future. Kenya is changing and I believe the day of the “Foreigner run” children’s home is coming to an end as Kenyans take the lead and look after their own.
Pastor Sam has done his best with the funds available sent from the U.K which have in recent years declined so a decision has had to be made about the future of the home with the welfare of the children as the priority.
The Good News. We have recently had contact with a local Kenyan charity called Fountain Of Hope who have the same ministry to children as we do. We feel that the best way forward is a merger of Hope Family Homes and Fountain Of Hope. The amalgamation of their staff and our home will see the further development of Kenyans being able to look after Kenyans. We will be stepping down from the over all running of the home, we will however hope to continue with financial, prayerful and advisory support. This will enable the smooth transition which will result in their children and our children to become one family. Your continued financial support would be gratefully received in order that we may continue to feed, educate and clothe the children and see them mature into young adults ready for the world.
Hope Family Homes will continue to support the children for as long as you want, please help keep the vision alive.
On behalf of the trustees of Hope Family Homes I would like to thank you again for your support and wish you a very happy Christmas and may you realise your dreams for the year to come.
Be blessed...Rev Alan Purser (Chairman)
Our school fees are due at the end of this month we need £1200 to send the children back to school, that is 14 children PLEASE CAN ANYONE ASSIST US. This is a termly commitment we have to honour when we set up this home. Children grow up, with your help we have looked after them, however the next step is to educate them as they grow. Many are in High School and are boarding away from home, they are working hard, please help us to keep them there.
Please pray for the Childrens Home here in Kenya, the trustees have to make a difficult choice next Sunday 17th.
If you are in Kenya or certain places in the UK you can now donate to help these children via MPESA our PAYBILL No. Is 523223 A/c (insert your name)
This Saturday June 17th Africa celebrate "The Day Of the African Child". All the local Childrens Homes will march through Limuru and up the hill to Manguo school, there we will be entertained and entertain. Bethlehem will sing a song and Jasper will give his first live performance as a Rapper, world exclusive.
We will celebrate 21 yrs of Bethlehem on Sunday 18th with a cup of tea and a mandazi.
May 9th..All children were back to school on time. Thank you
April 30th. Well done Sam, he managed to get three bursaries for the children from the Kenyan government to help with the school fees. £80 total. If you feel you can help us continue caring for these children please visit the "How to donate" page or send us a message on the "Contact" page
Help us to buy a cow to celebrate 21 years.
On 17th June 2017 Hope Family Homes becomes 21 years old. To celebrate we would like to replace the cow we had to sell to get the children to school last term. This will get us back to being able to supply our own milk and Biogas.
Feb 21st...Bethlehem Children's Home Facebook page has now been shut down, please check website or Hope Family Homes Facebook page for ongoing posts.
Feb 13th...Check out the gallery for photos of the five High School achievers.
Feb 8th...Thanks again to all for getting the children back to school. They are happy
Jan 21st The sponsored swim took place,
thanks to all who took part and turned up to support the two swimmers. Thanks also to the management and staff of Rossmore Leisure Centre. Lets get these children back to school as soon as possible...
Jan 16th...There will be a sponsored swim at Rossmore Leisure Centre this Saturday 21st from 1315hrs-1500hrs in aid of the school fee appeal. If anyone wants to sponsor this event please contact using the contact page.
Jan 11 2017
Unfortunately we have been unable to send some of our children to High school. The support for their education has not materialised, they will remain at home until funds become available. These children have worked very hard to get the marks in their exams, if you feel led to help with a donation, no matter how small, please go to our "How to donate" page...
One of our boys has done very well in the end of Primary school exams (KCPE), he has been called by a National School. To get him there we need your help, once there we will be able to apply for a bursary.
This is the baby found by the river at 4 months, he is now 14 years and growing into a fine young man. We feel blessed to have brought him this far.
Sam has named this girl Naomi
We have a new addition to the home at Christmas a one year old girl. A week ago her mum left her in a house, she was living with a well wisher who got tired and called the police, the police brought her to us with an official letter from the chief of the area, the girl is about 1 year two months, she can't speak and still in pampers, she will be with us over the Christmas yet another child in our increasing family.
This next year 2017 will mark our 21st year in Kenya. The 20th year crept up and other events overtook us. The home, in Kenya, will celebrate with an Open Day, a few chapatis and the usual ugali and greens, maybe a BBQ'd goat.
This is the Table Top from which we sold items to help raise school fees, we raised £40
Saturday 19th November This Saturday Hope Family Homes will man a Table Top at The Church of the Good Shepherd, Herbert Ave/Stansfield Rd Parkstone. Come along and meet us. This Table Top Sale is to help COGS's New Build fund and also to help with school fees in Kenya.
At last I am able to edit this blog.
All of us both in the UK and at Bethlehem have had to come to terms with the passing of Heather our visionary and founder Of Hope Family Homes. She had been ill for a few years, her frequent visits to Kenya took their toll, she passed away in December 2015, a peaceful release.
The work she started in building Bethlehem Children's Home near Limuru in Kenya will continue.
We need your support, prayerfully and financially to help us look after these children who have been abandoned, abused and rejected by society, we need your help to help us heal that society.
I will be going through this website and updating the information, it may take a while.
The vision will stay the same, our God does not change His mind, the approach may be different.
The Management in Kenya will stay the same, Pastor Sam and his wife Rachel, have started some exciting projects to boost the income from Kenya.
PLEASE BE WITH US AS WE MOVE WITH GOD TO HELP THESE CHILDREN
BETHLEHEM IS UNDER THE SAME MANAGEMENT.
THIS IS OUR TEAM. We also employ Bernard who helps out in the shamba and anything else, see him in the Gallery.
OUR OLD STAFF DO NOT REPRESENT BETHLEHEM, CORRECT KENYA OR HOPE FAMILY HOMES IN ANY WAY.
We are taking on more children.
The children are back on track with school work and responding to the love they are given. Several are in the top 10 in class.