Together with our Kenyan partner YISOG, our main goal is to build a Rescue Centre as a home for orphaned children and a refuge for girls facing genital mutilation or early forced marriage.
We can now build the centre, thanks to funding from the Hamburg FUTURA foundation and private donations which were paid in memory of Johannes Haider († 7 September 2017), a key supporter of our organisation.
We would like to express our gratitude for the overwhelming support!
Ambatana currently supports more than 25 orphaned children who Father Tito (head of YISOG) has provisionally taken into his private home. The Rescue Centre is to become a new, supportive home for the children and will provide space for more children that are in desperate need of protection. The house is designed to house around 40 children.
Due to climate change and privatisation of land, the traditional livelihood of the Maasai people, i.e. livestock farming, is becoming more and more difficult to maintain. Many families therefore face hardship due to no fault of their own. Early marriage of daughters in return for a dowry is often considered the only way out for many low-income families. The Rescue Centre will act as a first place to go for girls facing early forced marriage.
The target group consists of orphans aged 5 to 18 years who will find a new home at the Rescue Centre and girls facing early marriage who can be temporarily taken in at the Rescue Centre until a long-term solution is found together with their families.
Construction costs will total around 100,000 euros. The subsequent running expenses are estimated at around 4,000 euros per month and are to be covered by child sponsorships.
The construction plans were prepared by a Kenyan architect and a Munich architect specialising in non-European countries. Taking into consideration important country-specific conditions and cultural aspects, construction is based on an environmentally friendly, innovative design.
As our experienced partner with local expertise, YISOG is in charge of construction management.
After the cut of the spade in January 2018, construction works are currently being completed. There were several delays due to a change in personnel in construction management, the rainy season and the construction company increasing prices despite contractually fixed rates. Construction is now progressing well with a new site manager and new contractors. We plan to open the centre in mid-2020.