During my short time of being involved with Maisha I must admit, I am genuinely surprised and pleased to how open and honest the team are. They are so supportive, caring and passionate about their projects which is so endearing to see.
Helping out at Maisha was one of the highlights of my time in Kenya. The kids there are brilliant, they are all so enthusiastic and it’s clear that they love being at the school.
The dedication from everybody there amazed me, from the kids being so eager to learn, to the teachers and parents doing everything possible to aid them. The volunteers who have helped there have done an amazing job.
I have been sponsoring a young girl for 12 months now. I just light up when I get her letters. When I recently got a letter saying “she loves me a lot” I started crying happy tears.
It’s amazing that you can get so easily attached to a child you’ve never met, but it really happens. I almost feel guilty that I may be getting as much or more from this than she is! It also helps make me a better person and appreciate what I have.
When you sponsor one of these beautiful children, in the beginning you think you are doing them a favour. However, after a while you begin to realise that it’s him or her who is saving you. I set out to change their lives instead they changed mine.
I had such a fantastic time. It still is astonishing to me, how generally people in Kenya give so much, even though they have so little. Their generousity and hospitality among volunteers, is amazing.
I recommend everyone, who wants to do something different go, and explore Nakuru. Check out Maisha and its very friendly staff. Meet these great kids and make a difference.

St Stephen’s Nursery School

Currently managed by the Maisha Foundation. The nursery provides basic education, food and water FREE to over 60 Children in the slums of Nakuru. It encourages Early Childhood Development programmes that provide a strong start for a better life for the kids in the community.

Despite our best efforts, there are times when relationships will break down and children unfortunately will suffer. In the poorest of circumstances it is not surprising to find that extreme social problems exist. Violence, alcoholism and substance abuse are common reasons for our children to end up on the streets. We encourage the children to plant their own flowers and vegetables in the shamba, and we hope soon we can have a fresh refurbishment and rebuild.

We would like to thank the Anglican Church in Nakuru for accepting to share this plot with us. We felt having a well established, secure, safe church onsite would prove to be an asset to both the overall community and to our children, and we are proud this has turned out to be the case. Any donation of any value given to help keep this nursery running will be appreciated.