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An Introduction To A Hungry Orphanage in Mombasa, Kenya

Updated on December 9, 2011

Defending The Rights of Orphans

In Mombasa, Kenya, there exists a group of children desperately waiting for help.

Several years ago, I met Josphat Gitonga Mbiti, a man who has an orphanage in Mombasa, Kenya. This orphanage consists of 29 children, many of whom Josphat has rescued from the streets of his city.

I have never met anyone like Josphat, and my introduction to a third world country has been an eye-opening experience. Thanks to the Internet and the possession of one cheap little phone, Josphat has been able to maintain contact with the outside world just long enough to keep a little information coming.

There are some people to whom help simply does not arrive. For years, as a christian, I felt that sufficient aide was being given through the local churches and organizations. Though I see that assistance is given, it is rarely to the truly Bible defined destitute. I appreciate Proverbs 31, verses 8 and 9, "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."

These hungry orphans cannot speak for themselves and so I speak for them. They need medical attention, food, clothes, and to know that people care. There is no easy fix. There are hungry children all over the world, but many cannot say they personally know any.

This is your introduction to an opportunity to get to know this little orphanage and give hope to a group of needy children and their providers. I have begged for help on Facebook now for some time, but, except for two or three one-time gifts, few have even had the desire to get to know Josphat and those in his care.

I have created a page on Facebook where I share daily letters from Josphat in hopes that others would get involved. I invite all who will to go to and search Josphat-Gitonga-and-The-Rahab-Centre-for-Orphaned-Children and learn more about this sad little orphanage.

"I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!" Matthew 25:40

Faces of Poverty


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      kmaskreations 5 years ago

      Yesterday, May 2, 2012, one of the orphans died because of poverty. Bacterial infections are common, causing severe dehydration and death. This child would not be treated, though Josphat begged. He had no money to pay and the end result was her demise. We continue to seek assistance, but no one responds.