Overview of The Nyumbani Village
Our family units of grandparents and orphans
The Nyumbani Village
All of the children living in the village are orphans who lost their parents to AIDS.
The Nyumbani Village in Kitui opened in 2004. It was the vision of Nyumbani's founder, the late Father Angelo D'Agostino, to create a self-sustaining community to serve 1,000 orphans and 100 elders who have been left behind by the "lost generation" of the HIV pandemic. The Nyumbani Village provides a family-like setting for orphaned children under the stewardship of elderly adults. It seeks to ensure that the children receive love, sustenance, healthcare, holistic education, and culture transfer, insuring their physical and psychological development. The Village also provides holistic care and support for all the grandparents in their later years, until all their grandchildren have left the Village.
By helping with education we hope to give these children the tools to achieve their full potential as they overcome the stigma of HIV/AIDS and pull themselves out of poverty.
Our model is to re-unite orphaned children with a surviving grandparent where possible, and then to introduce other orphans to create family units with two grandparents and roughly ten children in each dwelling, or cluster as they are known. All of the children living in the village are orphans who lost their parents to AIDS. Roughly 10% of the Village population is HIV-positive.
Nyumbani UK fully funds Hotcourses Primary School and Lawson High School in the Nyumbani Village.
The Village has a medical centre, a primary school, a secondary school, a technical workshop and polytechnic, a town hall, a church, a farm, green houses, solar panels providing electricity, seven water pans, internet access, sports facilities, 100 houses for the clusters, and accommodation for up to 16 volunteers or other guests. The Nyumbani Village aims to eventually becomes self-sustaining through short-term and long-term income-generation activities and environmental production.