GOA works with communities to promote life with dignity for all through education and holistic development. Over the years, we have built a network of charitable children’s institutions that are recognized as centers of comprehensive care and compassion for orphans and vulnerable children.
GOA has homes and schools in Kinangop, Nyahururu, Mai Mahiu, Naivasha, Kangundo and Mweiga caring for over 490 children. The homes and schools receive children through referrals by church community of members, from government and other institutions.
Tumaini Children's Home
The first of GOA’s children’s homes, Tumaini Kinangop (TKCH) was initiated in 2001, after an outreach mission to Karatina. At the same time Bishop David and his wife, Rev. Joyce Thagana, had started a feeding programme for street children in Naivasha with support of the Faith Ventures Foundation. From this experience, they envisioned a children’s home.
In 2002, the Bishop's family relocated to Nairobi and converted their house in Kinangop to a children’s home. During the same year, through the assistance of Susan Spencer of Cumming Georgia, USA, the home purchased five acres of land nearby. In 2006, the Roswell United Methodist Church (RUMC) of Atlanta, Georgia helped to build a kitchen and dining hall. By 2006 the home had 26 children (12 boys and 14 girls) who were all attending the local school
Kieni West Children's Home
The home was founded by the late Bishop Daniel Macharia in January 2004. The vision was borne out of a compassionate heart for the suffering orphans and destitute children in the church. After Bishop’s death, his wife, Lydia, took over and in 2008, she approached GOA for support. The church adopted the home and in 2009 Kieni West Children’s home was designated a GOA home.
With assistance from GOA Switzerland, land was purchased and a New Kieni West Children’s Home was built. With full government approval, the home was reopened in August 2012.
Beat The Drum
Named after the film “Beat the Drum” by David McBrayer that draws attention to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa, Beat the Drum Children’s Home was started in July 2007, with five children transferred from Merciful Redeemer Children’s Home in Nairobi’s South C who were HIV-positive. The children were first accommodated in a rented house, with a pastor, his wife and the pastor’s sister.
Land was purchased in August 2007 for the new home. There has been a great improvement in the health of children, physically and spiritually. Their academic performance has been amazingly impressive. A zero-grazing unit produces enough milk for the home’s consumption and some for sale.
Rhema Children's Home
In April 2007, two sisters, Mrs. Perris Mucheru and Ann Michira started Rhema Children’s Home. The objective of the home was to nurture the needy and disadvantaged children by providing shelter, a balanced diet, education, a secure environment for growth, and to teach Christian values. Ann and Peris supported the home from their salaries and the occasional well wisher but with the large size of the family, their meager salaries could not do match the children’s needs. From 2009, Bright-Point for children began providing funds for basic care support and this has helped provide food, clothing, education and other basic needs for the children.
Strong Tower Children's Home
Strong Tower is an offshoot of a street-feeding program in the streets of Naivasha town in the Rift Valley, which was started by GOA Kinangop in 2001. Strong Tower provides basic needs, education and trade skills such as carpentry, welding, dressmaking, knitting and hairdressing, among others.
Initially, GOA with the support of well-wishers purchased some land and built a dormitory housing 24 boys. Later, two dormitories, a kitchen/dining and a borehole were added. The home grows its own vegetables and fruits and a zero- grazing unit for dairy cows has been finished. Strong Tower is now raising funds to construct workshops to provide trade skills for the rescued street children.
Christ Compassion Rehabilitation Center (CCRC)
Christ Compassion Rehabilitation Centre was set up in 2005 to cater for street children and orphans from the city’s informal settlements. These children have experienced untold suffering and abuse and our aim is to rehabilitate, reintegrate and educate them to a level where they will live fulfilling and responsible lives. ￼ The children who have passed through the home and have been rehabilitated and empowered through provision of trade skills such as carpentry, welding and driving. The home consists of semi-permanent buildings on a one acre piece of land. GOA provides water and meets all the basic needs for the children. The vision of the home is start projects that will guarantee its future by providing basic needs, education and life skills facilities.
Rehema Girls Rescue Center
Rehema Rescue Center is in Nyahururu town and was founded in 2003 as a rescue centre for destitute and abused girls by Benjamin Gikonyo and his wife Tabitha. For the first five years, the couple struggled, mostly alone, to buy food and rent accommodation as well as pay school fees. Occasionally some people offered short-term support so the situation was bleak.
The couple approached GOA for support. GOA, through donations from Michelle and Joel Neely, purchased a developed piece of land for the home. Michelle and Joel Neely further raised funds for the construction of two dormitories and to purchase a maize mill which was achieved in 2009.
Mwanyani Children's Home
The home was founded by GOA Mwanyani Church in 2013. Till present the home uses the church premises. They envision purchasing land and establishing th institution in its own place. They also envision putting up the dormitories for the children by end of 2017