Shelter Children’s Rehabilitation Centre, fondly known as Simba Village was founded in 1997. Since then the Village has grown from strength to strength and is currently resident to 148 children. They are situated on the outskirts of Nairobi next to the Ngong Hills in the Maasai area of Kibiko in Kenya and are officially a registered Children’s homes by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Since inception the Home has been able to provide care and support to over 250 children. They have continued to advocate for the rights of children in the community as well as sensitizing the community about the value of education to every child. They have also, in the process of carrying on with their mandate, managed to create job opportunities to the surrounding community.
Their exit program has so far been very successful in that they have been able to lobby for jobs and full reintegration for kids who have completed their program. They have also been able to empower children with life skills both in the institution and at the community level, besides rescuing Maasai girls from early marriages and FGM.
Their core mandate is to:
Provide children with quality education and life skills in order to mold a wholesome citizen;
Advocate for child care and total eradication of any form of child abuse;
Promote children rights, and;
Provide all children with equal opportunities to pursue lifetime goals and attain ultimate personal fulfillment.
On the basis of their core mandate, the Shelter has a three pronged program to provide the following essential services:
Education, which comprises pre-school (i.e. early childhood education), primary school, secondary school, and tertiary education (i.e. university and middle level colleges);
Childcare, which entails feeding, health care, counselling, accommodation, and recreation, and;
Reintegration of the children with their families and society through family tracing, home visits, follow ups, assessments, and capacity building.
To deliver their mandate, the Shelter concentrates on the following cardinal objectives:
Provision of basic needs to the target children, which include shelter, food, clothing, health care, education and recreation activities;
Rehabilitation of children by enabling them to acquire human dignity, self-reliance and self-esteem through counselling, life skills development, spiritual nourishment, continuous assessment and capacity building;
Empowering and engaging community on issues regarding children rights through such forums as training and seminars, capacity building sessions, networking with local leaders and churches and by offering subsidized services.