Timeline of significant achievements

October 2007: Familia Moja enrols all of its 15 children in a local government primary school.

September 2008: Familia Moja celebrates its 1st Birthday, with 24 children in its care and 3 full time staff.

October 2008: Sandra Steiger an Australian woman based in Geneva, Switzerland becomes involved with Familia Moja as a development partner. She had lived for three months with Wambui in Nairobi at the same time as Jess in 2006.

December 2008: Famiia Moja is officially registered as a ‘Charitable Children’s Institution’ by the Kenyan Government through the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development.

September 2009: Familia Moja celebrates its 2nd Birthday.

January 2010: Familia Moja enrols all of its children into local private schools to improve the standard of their education.

June 2010: Familia Moja purchases 1.25 acres of land, a short walk from our rented home.

September 2010: FMCH celebrates is 3rd birthday, with 31 children in its care and 4 full time staff.

January 2011: A non-governmental organisation called Familia Moja Support Initiative is founded by Wambui and a local board of directors to support FMCH and other projects within the Mang’u community. FMSI ceases its partnership with James Woodward and his Not for Profit entity call Kickstart Kids International.

June 2011: Familia Moja receives a donation from the Kenyan government: the Kenyan Government chooses two of the most credible children’s homes in each province to provide these grants to.

September 2011: Familia Moja celebrates its 4th birthday, with 31 children in its care and 4 full time staff, 1 part time staff and an outreach program supporting orphaned children who are living with their elderly grandparents in Mang’u.

December 2011: Our oldest five children complete primary school (KCPE) and building of our new home commences on land purchased in June 2010. This is a great step towards the home becoming self-sustainable.

January 2012: Familia Moja hosts 16 volunteers as part of our first ever group volunteer project. Volunteers help to lay the foundations to start building our new home and teach Art classes at one of the Primary schools where the Familia Moja children study.

September 2012: Familia Moja celebrates its 5th birthday, with 35 children in the care of 4 full time and 3 part time staff.

October 2012: Familia Moja receives a donation from the UN for school fees.

January 2013: Familia Moja host a second group volunteer project, where the volunteers assisted with painting the dormitories for the home and other activities around the building site. Volunteers also taught Art and Drama classes at one of the Primary Schools that our children attend.

February 2013: We are proud to see three more of our children graduate primary school and commence boarding secondary school. We currently have 37 children in our care; 11 in secondary, 1 in vocational, 23 in primary, 1 in special needs and a 3 year old girl.

March 2013: The children of Familia Moja move from their rented home for the past five years into their very own home. The home is not 100% finished but at a stage where the children can move in and we can direct rent towards finishing the home and making Familia Moja self sustainable. Please visit our Projects page to read more.

April 2013: Familia Moja leases a plot of land adjacent to our home to farm for fruit and vegetables. Not only will the children learn valuable life skills this is a big step in the home becoming self sustainable.

December 2013: Our first young adult finishes secondary school and enrols in an Agri-Business course commencing in April 2014.

Jan 2014: We are proud to see two more children graduate primary school and commence boarding secondary school. We currently have 41 children in our care; 1 in college, 12 in secondary, 26 in primary, 1 in special needs and a young girl yet to commence school.

April 2014: FMCH conducts a comprehensive sexual and reproductive health seminar.

May 2014: FMCH purchases equipment to start our own bakery, which is a further step towards self-sustainability.

September 2014: Familia Moja celebrates its 7th birthday, with 42 children in the care of 4 full time and 2 part time staff.

Jan 2015: We are proud to see five more children graduate primary school and two more graduate secondary school. We currently have 42 children in our care; 3 in college, 15 in secondary, 22 in primary, 1 in special needs and a young girl yet to commence school.