Cecilia’s Children is a registered charity in western Kenya which operates in the rural village of Kisumu. Currently in its very early stages of development, Cecilia’s children has plans to open an orphanage and rescue centre providing education and shelter for vulnerable children in the area.
Cecilia’s children is named after the late Mama Cecilia who left the founder orphaned after herself falling to the burden of HIV/AIDs. The centre will stand in her memory and also offers hope to the many children in Kisumu who have been left behind due to losing parents suffering with HIV/AIDS.
We are currently in our first stage: “Fundraising and Construction” follow our news page to find out more. We started fundraising in March 2014 and started construction in June 2014.
Meet the Team
Dan Ooko – Founder and Director of Cecilia’s Children
Dan a committed family man, knows the life of an orphan all too well. Son to Mama Cecilia Dan has provided the vision and passion behind the creation of the centre. Dan had a very challenging few years after his mother passed away leaving him orphaned but through the help of well-wishers was given a chance for a better future. Dan’s vision is that other orphaned/vulnerable children can have that chance too.
“This initiative is in the centre of my heart, its something that I value so much.
My life is such that I had an experience of having been able to rely on the help of someone I never knew who was somehow touched to give towards what eventually shaped my life. This way I learnt that we all, irrespective of who or where we come from, will at some point in life get an opportunity to play a role in changing a someone’s life. In turn contributing to making the world a better place. I am privileged to be a part of this and hope that you take the chance that is available to you today and play a part in transforming the world by being a part of Cecilia’s Children. As the great Mahatma Ghandi said:
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.Mahatma Ghandi
Dan has also been actively involved on the ground in Kisumu and oversees all the building and construction of the centre,. He has even been chipping in to do a bit of the building work along with the locals!
Emma Kreeger – Chair of Cecilia’s Children UK (CCUK)
Emma spent 15 months living and working in East Africa in 2013/2014. During this time she met Dan, visited Kisumu and now shares his passion for Cecilia’s Children. CCUK is an organisation which has been set up in support of the Kenyan charity: currently as a fundraising and marketing support.
CCUK launched their first fundraiser in May 2014 and are working towards registering as an official UK charity. Emma revisited Kenya in October 2015 and has been excited to see how quickly things have developed on the ground.
“On behalf of everyone at Cecilia’s Children I would like to thank you for your continued support as we raise these much needed funds to complete the building work”.
Volunteers Supporters and Donors
We have been overwhelmed by the amount of support from well-wishes as we have begun the journey of Cecilia’s children. A big thankyou to all those who have volunteered on our fundraising events and donors who have pledged money and support from around the world, we value you as part of our Cecilia’s children family.