Nyumbani Orphanage

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Nyumbani Orphanage
Established 1992; 25 years ago (1992)
Affiliations Jesuit, Catholic
Website Nyumbani

The Nyumbani Children's Home was founded by Father Angelo D'Agostino and Sister Mary Owens in 1992 to serve mostly abandoned children created by the AIDS pandemic.[1] Since then, three more programs (Nyumbani Village, Lea Toto and Nyumbani Diagnostic Laboratory) have been added to the organization.


Originally a medical doctor in the US Air Force, D'Agostino joined the Jesuits early in his career, focused on psychiatry, and held various teaching positions. But it was through his experience working with multiple Jesuit charities that D'Agostino learned of the dire need for specialized facilities for abandoned children in Nairobi, Kenya. Today over 100 orphans or abandoned children live at Nyumbani Children's Home located in Karen, Nairobi.[2]

In 1998, the recognition that there was a need to expand the basic initiative of Nyumbani Home to other locales gave birth to the Lea Toto program. This is "a community-based outreach program providing services to HIV+ children and their families in the Kangemi, Waithaka, Kawangware, Riruta, Mutuini, Ruthimitu, Kibera and Kariobangi communities of Nairobi, Kenya."[3] Nyumbani’s Lea Toto HIV/AIDS program operates eight centers and serves between 2,100 and 3,100 HIV-positive children and up to 15,000 family members every year.

In 2006, Nyumbani Village, which cares for over 1,000 children and 100 elderly grandparents, was established on 1,000 acres in Kitui County, Kenya.

The Nyumbani programs are supported by international boards the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Italy and Kenya. In addition to individual donations and corporate sponsorships, the executive boards around the world raise critical operating funds, provide expertise and much-needed volunteers.

Nyumbani Village[edit]

Based on past success, a related effort called Nyumbani Village was spawned to support both orphans and elders impacted by the AIDS pandemic.[4] Located on 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) donated by the Kitui District County Council, Nyumbani Village is conceived to support between 1280-1600 individuals via a self-sustaining agricultural based venture. Shortly after its inauguration, on 20 November 2006, Fr. D'Ag died. But with his organizational skills, this new venture also continued to prosper. In 2016 it had 120 employees tending to 100 elderly grandparents and 1000 children.[2] In September 2016, actress Danai Gurira presented a video about the village and the work being done in Africa as part of the 2016 Global Citizen Festival in New York City.[5][6] The pharmaceuticals company Johnson & Johnson is a sponsoring partner via Global Citizen, in an outreach effort to promote social action and awareness.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Nyumbani Orphanage (Karen, Kenya): A "home" for Abandoned Children". Make A Mark. Archived from the original on 4 January 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Nese, Marco (2016). The Children's Angel. Yearbook of the Society of Jesus: 2017. Rome: General Curia, Society of Jesus. pp. 133–135. 
  3. ^ "Lea Toto: The Need". Nyumbani. Archived from the original on 8 December 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to Nyumbani: The Village That Gives a Home—and Hope—to Children With HIV". Johnson & Johnson. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Gurira, Danai (19 September 2016). "I Was There" (Video). Johnson & Johnson. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  6. ^ King, Brittany (23 September 2016). "The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira: 'We Need a Helping Hand' for African Families Living with AIDS". People. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  7. ^ Elker, Jessica; Booth, M (7 September 2016). "Johnson & Johnson Partners with Global Citizen to Improve the Trajectory of Human Health Around the World". Johnson & Johnson. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  8. ^ Sneed, Michael (21 September 2016). "Why It Really Does Take a Village to Make the World a Healthier Place". Johnson & Johnson. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 

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Category:Jesuit development centres Category:Organizations established in 1992