The Wanalea Children’s Home was founded by ADDHU in January 2008, with the aim of rescuing and accommodating orphan, destitute and vulnerable children from Nairobi’s slums and extremely poor rural areas. The establishment of this institution represents an important achievement in ADDHU’s mission and vision of humanitarian assistance and cooperation for development as a first and fundamental step in the protection and defense of human rights, an idea strongly endorsed by ADDHU.



The Wanalea Children’s Home is located in Ongata Rongai, a small town on the outskirts of Nairobi, and near the Kware slum where most of the children were rescued from. The Wanalea Children's Home currently shelters 31 orphaned and vulnerable children, having therefore reached its maximum capacity.



Victims of HIV/AIDS, of the 2007 post-electoral violence, or from abandon and abuse, the children live in the Centre, where they have found a loving and caring family. They go to different official schools outside the Centre in order to ensure they receive high quality education.

Besides food and shelter, we also provide to these children with health care, psychological counseling, formal education and school support, including English language, Portuguese Language, IT, Civic and Human Rights Education, as well as love and care, since our staff and volunteers are carefully selected.

The overall aim of the Wanalea Children's Home is to become a Centre of Excellence where children are provided with the best conditions and given the support, assistance and tools that will enable them to have a happy, healthy and productive life in their native land. We believe that, by giving these children the proper tools and education, we can enable them to break free from poverty. By giving them the opportunity to have a normal and healthy life in their country, to be able to provide for themselves and their future families, we want to contribute to the emergence of a new generation of Kenyans, educated and well informed, able to bring a positive change, break the poverty cycle and actively participate in the development of their country by giving back to their communities.

The Wanalea Children’s Home was officially recognised by the Ministry of East African Community, Labour and Social Protection, Government of Kenya, as a Charitable Children’s Institution, and was commended by the high standards and quality of care and services provided to vulnerable children. All the children are currently under the legal custody of the institution, which was granted by the Senior Magistrate of the Child’s Court of Kajiado District, under the recommendation of the District Children’s Officer.

The Wanalea Centre wouldn’t exist without the help and support of the foster parents. Become a part of the Wanalea Family today: sponsor a child and watch her change the world! Because they have the power to change the world, and you have the power to help them do it.



Mission of the WCH

To achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of OVC in Kenya by enabling them to meet their basic needs and increase their ability to participate in and benefit from their societies, and by advocating and promoting the rights and interests of Kenyan children.

Vision of the WCH

A world in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect people's rights and dignity.

Why are we different?

  1. The Wanalea Children's Home is a Charitable Children's Institution properly recognized by the Government of Kenya, and was commended by the District Children's Office of the District of Kajiado for its high standards and the quality of the services provided to the children, having been considered as one of the best orphanages in Nairobi.
  1. We consider the rights of a child to be extremely important and are guided by the provisions and principles of the UN Convention for the Rights of Children and the Child's Act. 
  1. Child protection policies and procedures are core to our project.
  1. We aim to create an environment where each child feels safe and protected, and where each child is respected as an individual and given a voice.
  1. We provide the children we care for not only with shelter, food, education and healthcare but also a family, important like skills and values, and lots of love!
  1. The WCH is run by a team of dedicated and experienced staff members who belong to the communities where the children come from and are therefore best placed to understand their needs and to provide effective solutions.
  1. Continuous monitoring and evaluation of the key performance indicators is a fundamental and essential component of our project.
  1. We are advised by a panel of local and international experts, as well as government advisors, with decades of experience in education, childhood development and care.


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