Humanity Home is home to twenty-four children in Kisumu, Kenya.
Because of Humanity Home, every day these children wake up and are greeted by adults who are glad to see them; they get to eat a nutritious breakfast; they go to school; they have school uniforms and supplies; they eat lunch; they have a safe place that they love to come home to; they eat supper; they get help and supervision with their homework; they play or listen to bedtime stories; they bathe and brush their teeth; they have a bed to sleep in. This is possible because of your help and support.
We started in February 2017 in a rented hotel building. In 2022, we purchased land and built a beautiful new building that we occupied in March 2023. We have come a long way, but this is just another beginning.
I first visited Humanity Home for two weeks in August 2017. I saw firsthand what was happening there and got to know each of our precious kids. The experience was unlike anything in my life.
From that very first visit, Humanity Home surpassed my highest expectations. It has continued to amaze me over and over again ever since. The children are well fed and well cared for. Most importantly, this is a family, not an institution. The children are loved and nurtured. They walk around like they own the place. They treat one another like good brothers and sisters. They call our director, Judy Wariero, “Mommy.” They call me “Daddy” and the staff “Auntie.”
Humanity Home has a culture of its own. Every child there acts as if he or she is on a mission to be part of a wonderful family. This culture of loving, caring responsible behavior is handed down from the oldest kids to the youngest.
See the 2017 trip report for the story of my August visit. I have lived at the Humanity Home for three weeks in April 2018, three weeks in August 2018, 85 days in November 2018 – January 2019, 35 days in April – May 2019, 65 days in July – September 2019, and 85 days in November 2019 – January 2020. A scheduled return March 2020 was prevented by the Covid-19 pandemic. After pandemic travel restrictions abated, I lived at HH from May until September 2021 and from December 2021 until April 2022, July to September 2022, and December 2022 until May 2023.
An in-depth look of Humanity Home appears in the LATEST ARTICLES.
As amazing as that first visit was way back in 2017, Judy and I often marvel at how far we have come. Systems for obtaining supplies and services and other things that we need to care for 24 children, and for dealing with schools and so forth are in place and run smoothly. We have relationships with medical and dental providers. The kids love each other, are extremely responsible, and pass along the family culture from kid to kid. Several children who had behavior issues have undergone remarkable transformations. All of them have grown so much and give us great pride.
Perhaps nowhere is the Humanity Home culture better demonstrated than when a new child arrives. One beautiful example of this is detailed in Latest Articles: “L.J.’s Superpower” and “New Sisters 2022.”