The Paradise Community Centre is situated in Kibera, Kenya and is a government registered, Community Based Organisation (CBO). The intention at Paradise is to provide an all round foundation of loving support for the homeless, orphaned and impoverished young children in Kibera.
Paradise is the vision of Mrs Pamela Owino who herself resides in Kianda village, Saragombe Kibera. With extensive experience of leadership amongst the female inhabitants of Saragombe, whilst visiting fellow residents Pamela one day found herself faced with an abandoned and orphaned young child. Suffering from extreme hunger and neglect, the only inclination she had was to take the child home!
The natural and loving way Pamela Owino continually championed the needs of the despised and rejected homeless children saw the launch in 2006 of the Paradise Community Centre Project. The project began and continues with Pamela funding the bulk of the homes current requirements with her own limited income.
A Vision of Paradise
The Paradise Community Centre Project continues to realize its full potential but requires donations and long term sponsorship to retain and sustain its resources which are obviously very important. The diverse needs of the children require the Paradise project to seek and provide the most engaging, positive and challenging environment, so that each child can maximise their full potential.
The key to the continual progress of the children of The Paradise Community Centre is education. We believe that every one is entitled to receive a basic education, although many orphaned, homeless and destitute children right here in Kibera Slums cannot attend school due to their level of poverty.
Paradise at present maintains and houses 115 children, 45 are orphans with no parents or family members. The remaining 80 have suffered extreme neglect but with additional financial support Paradise can assist and help even more children in high risk situations.
The Paradise projects major intention is to continue to deal with the needs of the Kibera community in various ways:
The poverty levels in Kibera are substantially high making life in the slums incredible hard for the residents in general. Paradise has established a feeding programme which has provided the 115 children at the centre with breakfast and lunch. The 60 children permanently sleeping at the centre normally receive an additional supper meal.
Poverty Alleviation Programme
Paradise has initiated a poverty alleviation strategy to assist in local economic empowerment; this programme provides the teaching of informal business skills for young and mature women. The provision of this facility gives these women the much needed training for self employed business ventures and small scale enterprises. Paradise also tries to procure limited finance for business start ups for those enrolled on the programme.
Community Based Health Promotion
Paradise Community Centre promotes and practises a health awareness policy throughout all its activities, the major focus is on the reduction of disease and illness closely associated with poverty and nominal health care. The awareness programme is designed to help disease prevention, the reduction of HIV/ Aids transmission and also provides communal information on reproductive and maternal health care (MHC).
Paradise also endeavours to work with local and international health professionals and institutions, whilst encouraging good diet and nutritional practices within the community.
Objectives at Paradise
1. To support and promote the educational needs of children orphaned, neglected and destitute through sponsored programmes.
2. To support and promote affordable medical health care and to ensure those children in the care of paradise receive free medical services.
3. To encourage and retain good health for children in care through sports and recreational activities.
4. To promote awareness of the plight suffered by orphaned and homeless children through media involvement, pamphlets, publications and seminars.
5. Long term feeding programmes for the homeless orphaned and impoverished school children.
The Future at Paradise
The Paradise community centre Project has long term plans to design and build a modern spacious, purpose specific children’s centre. The centres estimated cost is Ksh 45 million and will be built in Nairobi occupying approximately 15 acres of land, able to house 4000 children. Equipped with solar power, wind turbines, bore hole(s) and farming, the projects goal is to reach the highest level of self sustainment whilst accommodating the following facilities:
1. In-house Primary School incorporating full board.
2. In-house Secondary School incorporating full board.
3. Library centre equipped with Computer and Internet Facilities.
4. Modern Indoor and Outdoor Sports/Recreational facilities.
Every Child Deserves a Little Paradise – Contact Us
Please Offer Support for the children at Paradise Community Centre by sending any donations of money, clothing, shoes, blankets, books & toys etc to the address below or contact us for details on how you can help us make a difference.
Mrs Pamela Owino
Paradise Community Centre
P.O Box 67933 – 00200