A place of smiles, East African Mission Orphanage: Nakuru, Kenya

I am not sure what I had in my mind when we visited the East African Mission (EAMO).  I guess in my mind I kept thinking of the reports on TV of orphanages around the world and the bad condition of the care.  I was so nervous to come to EAMO but eager to see children and help as much a I could.  I kept telling Beau jokingly (but not really joking) that we might have to take home a kid if it was really bad.  Then we arrived and we met Ralph and May, also known as Mum and Dad.  They were very modest and reserved but you could immediately feel the warmth of their kindness.  They took the time to give us a tour of the property, tell us about the program and list the basics on how everything runs.East African Mission Orphanage - Shoes East African Mission Orphanage - dorm roomEast African Mission Orphanage - detail East African Mission Orphanage - shoes East African Mission Orphanage - School houses East African Mission Orphanage - Garden Then we met the kids.  Wow!  The kids were all smiles and the sweetest things on earth.  After hearing many of their stories, it is amazing and so touching to see how happy the children are now.  Ralph and May have done an amazing job creating a home for 150 kids.  It is overwhelming to see how much good they have done for these kids.East African Mission Orphanage - Beau's buddy Paul. East African Mission Orphanage - A picture Paul took!  

East African Mission Orphanage - bigger kids watching the little ones

East African Mission Orphanage - Meggan getting her hair braided After talking with Ralph and May you really understand that this a family and that everyone participates.  The older kids help with the younger kids.  All the kids have chores but they also have free time to play soccer or games.  Every morning at 6:30 am the kids start their day with a run.  Then they are off to school.  Ralph and May are working hard to build new living facilities and to add workshops so the older kids can learn skills for the real world.East African Mission Orphanage - Morning Chores East African Mission Orphanage - Beau and Meggan after the morning run with Paul, David, Opeo, and more East African Mission Orphanage - David in School When we left EAMO, I cried.  I cried because I missed the kids already.  I cried because it was sad and so hard to believe people had done such horrible things to these beautiful kids.  I also left smiling knowing the kids have a better life and have loving parents now.  Thank you Ralph and May for having us in your home and letting us meet your family!East African Mission Orphanage - Meggan with baby JaredWith all the hard work Ralph and May do already and the donations they receive, they still could use more.  Kids run through shoes and clothes when they are growing, school supplies get used, and food always runs out fast when you have 150 kids.  I am not trying to sound like an advertisement but this organization couldn’t exist without help.  It is also good to know that the donations go direct to the family and not lost in some gray area that you don’t see how it helps.  If you would like to help please visit their website www.eastafricanmission.org .  They have a sponsor a child program which is very helpful for them.  If you don’t feel comfortable sending money, the kids need shoes, clothes, books and more.  Email Ralph and May to see how you can help.   

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7 Responses to A place of smiles, East African Mission Orphanage: Nakuru, Kenya

  1. Abby says:

    Favorite so far! Great to talk to you both yesterday!

  2. Paul.jones@shropshirefire.gov.uk says:

    Aww so cute and did you smuggle that little baby out with you Meg (Beau check her back pack)
    Looks like a well run place and yes will now check out their link for sponsorship.

  3. HaHa! So true Paul….Beau did check my bag. ;) It was very hard to walk away from Baby Jared but he has loving parents now. Thank you so much for checking out EAMO. They will also do partial sponsorships if the cost of a full one is too much for this years budget. Really I think they would appreciate any kind of help. Thank you so much for your support. You rock Paul!
    Thank you Abby! This is my favorite post too. Hugs to you and the family. Talk soon.

  4. Sammyt303@aol.com says:

    I loved it. I could really feel some the love in these pics of the children, Meg you look pretty amazing as a mother there you two be careful. I can’t wait to send some things to the East African Mission.
    I posted this link on FB for everyone. Keep up the amazing work you guys make my face hurt from smiles and tears. LOVE YOU guys.
    Sammy

  5. Ashee says:

    I learned about EAMO when they came to my parent’s church to do a spot. The thing that impressed me most was that they do not adopt the children out- they are firm in their conviction that these are Kenyan children, and they are raising them to improve Kenya and the lives of everyone.

    What a wonderful place.

    • Meggan says:

      I so glad you found EAMO and supporting them. They are wonderful family and group. I am always amazed at what they accomplish. It is a wonderful place! Thanks for checking us. ;)