Vulnerable Children: Our Partners
The long-term strategic goal of Just One Africa is to empower local leaders who care for vulnerable children within their community with sustainable solutions. These solutions provide long term access to clean and safe water, quality education, life skills training, adequate safe housing, and more efficient agricultural methods. These continuing viable solutions will reduce the reliance on outside sources of funding, and furnish them the means and ability to provide for themselves, as well as those they care for.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much ― Helen Keller
We have found it paramount to work closely with our local leaders by investing in who they are, and building deep relationships with them based on trust and respect. We take a great deal of time to listen and ask questions to determine what they desire to see happen in their communities. It is from that input that we move forward creating sustainable solutions that will be managed, constructed, and maintained locally.
Salem Orphanage was started in 1992 by Phoebe Onyango, a woman who had a vision for serving children in an area of Kenya that has been devastated by the AIDS epidemic. Salem Orphanage was founded to provide neglected children a safe home where they receive love, education, and attention. Most of the children are HIV/AIDS orphans with no family support. Without Salem Orphanage, these children would be extremely vulnerable to abuse, child labor, and human trafficking. Over the last 20 years, Phoebe and her team have cared for and raised more than 700 children. She has worked tirelessly to provide for more than just their basic needs, making sure they have access to an education, medical care, shelter, and lots of love. She has a small farm in Bondo where the orphanage resides. Her struggles include finding the resources to feed and support the 85 children she currently has under her care. Phoebe is working towards greater sustainability but relies on the donations of others to keep Salem Orphanage open.
Phoebe leads and organizes training for widows and young moms so that they have the opportunity to learn different skill sets allowing them to provide for themselves and their children. She is a gifted visionary with a heart to lift others out of hopeless situations, speaking life and hope into the challenges that surround the community.
Phoebe organizes medical clinics, providing help in different communities each year. She started Salem Academy, a primary school to help vulnerable children, in 1997. This school is thriving today with hundreds of students from the local community. She also started a secondary school that is helping over 150 children each year to get secondary education.
In 1997, she opened a Community Clinic and trained 56 community health workers to help the Obunga Slums in preventing HIV/AIDS.
Phoebe is a Bishop and the pastor of a community church in Kisumu.