The Maitland Garden of Hope supports “Our Kenyan Kids” – a charity that addresses the needs of disadvantaged, poor and sick children, as well as young adults in Kenya. The charity was founded by the Rev. Douglas A. Warren, former Minister at Wall St. United Church, Brockville, Ontario, following a vacation to Kenya in 2004.
Our Kenyan Kids focuses its efforts mostly on the impoverished areas in the Westlands district of Nairobi, the districts of Embu and Mwingi, and the district bordering the Kibera slum in Kawangware.
Contribution of the Maitland Garden of Hope
The Maitland Garden of Hope has selected the Gathaithi Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s Centre – one of Our Kenyan Kids’ projects – for the funds collected from its garden tours and slideshow presentations.
Last year, Colleen O’Connell and David Cybulski, owners of the Maitland Garden of Hope, presented the donations to Our Kenyan Kids collected from visitors to the garden throughout the spring and summer. (pictured: L-R) David Cybulski, Colleen O’Connell, Carolyn Matheson, Chair – Our Kenyan Kids, and the Rev. Doug Warren, founder, Our Kenyan Kids.
Enabling self-sufficiency and sustainability
Visitors’ generous donations to the Maitland Garden of Hope have come to fruition in the establishment of a brand new greenhouse – the first of its kind – at the Gathaithi Orphans and Vulnerable Children Center in Githunguri, Kiambu, Kenya.
To express its gratitude, the center’s administrators are calling the greenhouse, “The Maitland Garden of Hope”. Supported by a sturdy metal structure, the greenhouse will be used to grow food and plants for the children’s center with the aim of increasing long-term self-sufficiency as well as achieving environmental sustainability.
Learn more about Our Kenyan Kids.