Our first facility in Kenya was a hospice for HIV-positive children in Nairobi.
The Nyumbani Diagnostics Laboratory opened. It was one of the most sophisticated of its kind in all of Africa, serving the public at below market prices.
Lea Toto began operations with private funding. It was one of the first community-based holistic care programmes to reach HIV-positive children living in the slums of Nairobi.
Nyumbani challenged the Ministry of Education at the Supreme Court of Kenya to reverse the unofficial policy which prevented HIV-positive children from attending public schools. It was a landmark victory which not only changed the lives of the children cared for by Nyumbani, but all HIV-positive children in Kenya.
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We began construction on the Nyumbani Village, the first bio-friendly Kenyan village designed for those who have lost family members to HIV/AIDS. Many in the surrounding rural communities were trained and employed in construction.
The Hotcourses Foundation was set up by the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP and Mike Elms with the help and support of employees and friends of Hotcourses Ltd.
Hotcourses Primary School was opened in the Nyumbani Village, inaugurated by the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP. The school continues to be fully funded by Nyumbani UK.
Nyumbani began collaboration with the Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV/AIDS advocating for abandoned children to have the right to a birth certificate to safeguard their inheritance.
The COGRI Vocational Training Centre (CVTC) in the Nyumbani Village was opened, offering vocational/technical training for children after primary school.
The Nyumbani Village began a reforestation project to plant 500 acres of indigenous Melia trees on semi-arid, unproductive land over the following ten years.
Lawson High School was opened by the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP. It continues to be fully funded by Nyumbani UK.
The Genetic Analyser was acquired by the Nyumbani Diagnostic Laboratory to provide the first hard evidence of the need for third-line antiretrovirals in Kenya.
The 2011 Index of Global Philanthropy published by Hudson Institute, Centre for Global Prosperity, featured Nyumbani as an outstanding example of private initiative in responding to the needs of the developing world.
A USAID Assessment of Nyumbani Village sited Nyumbani as a world leader in community-based solutions that transform the lives of the people living with HIV/AIDS.
The Nyumbani Diagnostic Laboratory reached the stature of ISO 15189: 2007 accreditation.
Nyumbani UK and The Hotcourses Foundation merged to form one charity.
Nyumbani UK and The Hotcourses Foundation began the "Beacons of Excellence" campaign, aiming to provide outstanding education to the children in the Nyumbani Village.
The South Farnham Educational Trust joined the Advisory Board of Nyumbani UK and the Hotcourses Foundation. Hotcourses Primary School became an Associate member of the South Farnham Educational Trust.
USAID invited Nyumbani to take over the programme of another charity called Nilinde, and extend its activities within Lea Toto to include the siblings of the HIV-positive children and other vulnerable children.
The absorption of Nilinde resulted in the expansion of the Lea Toto programme from roughly 3,500 children in 2018 to over 14,000 in 2020.