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UNAIDS, a Joint United Nations HIV/AIDS program, estimates that as many as 1,300,000 Kenyan children have been orphaned due to AIDS. In the face of these daunting statistics, Father D’Agostino envisioned building self-sustaining villages that can house two groups adversly affected by HIV/AIDS – orphans and the elderly.
Initial funding for the Village came from the Vatican, Lazio Regional Government, and the John Noel Group. Since then, many donors have contributed including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Kenyan government, and thousands of individuals from around the world.
Father D’Agostino and Sister Mary Owens developed plans for the village concept to serve as a model for future initiatives. The first Nyumbani Village was established on 1,000 acres in Kitui District, a three-hour-drive from Nairobi. Opened in 2006, it is a place where orphans of the HIV/AIDS pandemic can enjoy a safe haven, living under the watchful eyes of grandparents who lost their adult children to HIV/AIDS.
The Village is designed to house 1,000 orphans and 100 elderly grandparents in 100 homes. The Village has three schools, a medical clinic, worship center, and other community buildings.
The Village is designed to become both self-sufficient and bio-friendly. Taking advantage of Western technology to improve self-sufficiency while maintaining Kenyan culture are important goals of the Village.
An extensive sustainability program is in development at the Village. Each home is allocated a half-acre of land and access to water in order to encourage self-reliance. Nyumbani Village is a complex, pioneering settlement incorporating local cultural values in its operation and implementing steps to empower these local people to embrace self-reliance, and create a more secure future.
The Village reaches out to the surrounding communities as well to provide education, medical help, jobs, and trade.