Double Joy Children's Farm aims to restore shattered childhoods and give hope for a better future.
Groups of siblings (3yrs. and over) with no other means of support, get play, schooling, health, friendship and a vocation.
We have 85 children at Double Joy Children's Farm and 47 more in secondary education.
Children stay until age 15, then leave for secondary school or training college and we support them more 3 more years.
Double Joy, a government registered children's home has 34 local staff, (excluding Mary Hinde, project initiator, who is self-funding).
Now in its 28th year, Double Joy depends on the generosity of the donors of Friends of Double Joy*.
125 monthly donors give 55% of running costs. The remainder comes from on one-off grants, donations and fundraising events.
With no UK staff, virtually every penny donated** goes directly where most needed and effective. Recent devaluations in the UK£ have seriously hit the value of our funds. Our fundraising has also been seriously hampered during this Covid-19 pandemic.
To continue our vital work we need your help. Anything you can give - no matter how small - goes towards saving the lives of those who are left behind by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Friends of Double Joy is the UK based charity raising money only for Double Joy Children's Farm. We hope you will join us ensuring this continues for many years.
Our twice yearly newsletters aim to raise awareness of the need to equip school leavers for their new lives as boarders in secondary education in January 2023. We are still seeking sponsors for 25 young people at Secondary School/Vocational training college.
Your support and kindness to Double Joy Children's Farm (since 1995) has saved so many children's lives,
Asante sana, thank you.
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The Power of Education
Do you want to help girls in the developing world have access to education?
At Double Joy we believe in the power of education.
Mary Hinde began her Kenyan journey as a teacher before founding Double Joy in 1995 - a home for children needing protection.
Education has always been available for both boys and girls at Double Joy.
A few children receive onsite special needs or remedial (catch-up) education where needed.
The majority of children attend one of the 2 local primary schools whilst living at Double Joy.
After taking Primary level exams (KCPE) at age 15 they leave Double Joy for a few weeks and stay with relatives until their exam results come through.
Depending on their grades and chosen pathway into secondary education they will then either board at secondary school(4years) or vocational college (usually 3 years). Average cost is about 60,000 Kenya Shillings per year. (About per child £400 or $550).
We have enlisted about 20 sponsors, so far, to each fund a child through the entirity (3or4 years) of their chosen course.
We still need sponsors for about 25 more young people, including 11 taking their national exams from 7th March and start as first years at school or college in May 2022.
Educating girls has enormous benefits for society and the environment. It results in female leaders, healthier life choices, higher wages and financial independence. Most importantly it’s empowering for those young girls to know they are valued, loved and encouraged.
If you could sponsor a youngster for 3 or 4 years and give her/him fighting chance in life please get in touch. Or to donate as a one-off or a regular monthly donor please get in touch..
".... a shining example of how to make a real difference with what is, by Western standards, a very modest budget" ***
Alan Nowell -Trustee of Friends of Double Joy
*** - Annual Budget is about £120,000, ($125,000, or €125,000).
© 2023 Friends of Double Joy