Ulamba Children's Home is located in Western Kenya in Nyanza district, near the town of Siaya. Moving Mountains began working on this project in 2002 as part of a wider plan to bring education and support to an entire community. Alongside our support for Ulamba, we also work with and support schools in the area (we have carried out extensive renovation and construction work at many local schools) as well as Siaya General Hospital and Dophil Clinic.
Ulamba currently houses 38 orphaned children and includes staff quarters, a kitchen, guesthouse, plus toilets and showers. We have also built a community hall, an Early Child Development Centre, a clinic, play area and developed a shamba for growing crops on the site. We provide the running costs for feeding, clothing and looking after the children and paying for the staff, plus we also assist with the management of the local committee which undertakes the day to day running of the place.
We work in close collaboration with the local education and health authorities and all the children in Ulamba are official wards of the court. We also spend time locating family members of the children and helping them to reconnect with their families. All of the children go to school and also receive expert counselling from our executive committee member Sara Kinuthia, who was a headteacher in Nairobi for many years and is a qualified counsellor.
At a seminar held on 20th October 2011, Gavin Bate, Director of Adventure Alternative and founder of the Moving Mountains Trust, delivered an inspiring talk on the expeditions that his company leads to locations as diverse as Chile, Kenya and Nepal, and shared his approach to reinvesting profits in ways that are of benefit to local people. Gavin draws on his own experience as one of the world's most successful and respected mountain climbers. His achievements include five ascents of Mount Everest.
Gavin will be taking up to fifteen students from the Oxford School of Hospitality Management to Kenya to further develop their understanding of social enterprise.