Children’s home and school
Ebenezer Life Centre is situated in Ahero, approx. 30 minutes from the harbor city of Kisumu. We started the collaboration with Winnie and Silas Owiti in 1989, and the centre was officially opened in 1993. The numbers in each age group vary, but there are 300 – 500 children living at Ebenezer at any given time. Most of them are orphans and without close relatives to take care of them. The orphanage has become their home, where they also get food and clothing. We have also built a pre-school, primary school and high school in our grounds, so that all the children get good schooling and are being equipped for adult life.
In addition approximately 500 children come to the schools from the neighbouring village every day. All the pupils get food at the school, as well as teaching. Some of them are able to pay for school fees, while others are too poor to pay anything. We are very glad that we may help the poor people in the village near Ebenezer, so that they may also have the opportunity of getting education and one day be able to fend for themselves!
In total approx. 1000 children receive food and schooling every day at this centre, and this is where they come as adults when they want to go home for holidays and festive seasons, a place where the extended family gets together.
A short distance away from Ebenezer lies the Ayweyo village. In 2006 the director at Ebenezer started to help some very poor children from this area. After the unrest during the presidential election in 2008, there was an even greater need to provide food, education and school materials for the children in this area. Together with the Belgian organization Kitanda and Sienna Church in Warsaw, Poland, New Life has built a school, which is a part of Ebenezer New Life Centre. Here approx. 350 children get schooling and food. After they have completed primary school, these children are given the opportunity of going on to the secondary school at Ebenezer in Ahero.
After having completed secondary school, our goal is to support all the students who have the ability and wish, to proceed with higher education at universities, colleges or other vocational training. This is a formidable challenge, but we will strive to give this opportunity to as many as possible. We have seen many great results and many former Ebenezer children are working in their professions all over the country. We have several employed teachers and social workers at Ebenezer today who used to live at the orphanage and it is wonderful to see how they work hard to give quality teaching and care to their younger “siblings”.
Ebenezer New Life Centre is led by Archbishop Winnie Owiti and was started in 1989. The main centre today consists of the children’s home, pre-school, primary school secondary school and program for widows. In addition we run a centre for street boys (Tido) and a primary school (Ayweyo) some distance away from the main centre, but which is regarded as a part of Ebenezer New Life Centre.
All in all more than 1000 people are receiving help every day.