Nyumbani Newsletter

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I’ve been having a great time on the trip, learning and making memories that will last a lifetime!  But…  I cannot wait to get out of Europe!  As much fun as I’ve had going to all the trendy travel spots, I’m ready to get to the meat of the trip- the volunteering!  I want to start volunteering and making a difference in people’s lives!  One of the projects I’m most excited about is funding a well for HIV+ orphans in the Nyumbani Village, Kenya.

Nyumbani Village currently consists of 64 families with 663 children.  That seems like way more children than would make up 64 families, but that’s because each family consists of one grandparent and 8-10 HIV+ orphans.  The goal of the village is to provide the children with a healthy, loving environment that they would otherwise lack.  I am thrilled that we’ll be volunteering there and that we’ll be able to help so many people!  By installing a well we’ll be able to make their lives that much better :)

Nyumbani Village’s executive director, Sister Mary, writes a newsletter to keep people posted about all the different things happening in the village.  And from the looks of it, they’ve got quite a bit going on!  They’ve had quite a few visitors in the past few months due to it being summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

I was saddened to read that one of the children in the village, a 16 year old boy named Samuel Mutanu Juma, was unable to fight off meningitis and passed away.  It’s incredibly shocking for me to think about someone my own age dying.  It also makes me realize just how lucky I am to be healthy and live in the great country I live in.

Another big event in the newsletter was Sister Mary’s opportunity to make a presentation in the presence of the Attorney General on the difficulties the community has had seeking birth certificates for their children and protecting their inheritance rights.  They are hopeful for an ease in some of the regulations to get birth certificates in the case of the orphans and vulnerable children.

Nyumbani Village has also received numerous gifts from charitable donors, including hats for the children, mosquito nets, napkins, and even a much needed water tank!  All in all, it seemed like lots of progress was being made in the village.  Installing a well for the people of Nyumbani Village is definitely a worthy cause that I’m delighted to be a part of it!

The full newsletter can be read at:


More information about our project in Nyumbani Village can be found at:


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Posted on: September 17, 2010 | Categories: Poverty, Water, Well for HIV+ Village- Kenya



  • Aunt Lori says:

    I am so happy to hear that you are ready to get to the “heart” of this yearlong journey that you are on! I want you once again to know how proud I am of you. There is so much more to life than the “things” that you own. Stay strong!

  • Robbie says:

    Meagan, you’re awesome. I admire how yuo have totally indulged in all the experiences this trip has to offer.

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