Imani Rehabilitation Agency is a non-profit making organization situated in various parts of the country. It is registered under the Ministry of Home Affairs as charitable children institutions vide CDEN OOOO71.
The organization‘s objectives are to provide care and protection, rehabilitate, educate, provide primary health care and to reintegrate the orphans and vulnerable children in the community.
It began in 1992 and has grown from a home of 20 children to an institution catering for an average of 300 children who are managed in Imani 6 homes.
Imani rehabilitation agency (IRA) is a non-profit making organization situated in various parts of the country. Imani is registered with the Ministry of home affairs and heritage as a charitable Institution. Imani takes care of the abandoned, orphaned, the neglected and whose rights have been violated.
Imani rehabilitation agency is an organization that was started in the year 1992 by Ms Faith Wanjiru – as a rehabilitation program for the street children. At that time, Nairobi city had more than 60,000 children who were living on the streets. It is the plight of those children who knew no other home, no other life apart from the streets that came into existence.
At Imani, children are rescued almost on a daily basis. On the streets, dustbins, sewage sites innocent souls are left on their own. In hospitals, mothers abandon especially young mothers. Police desks are equally busy with children found lost or left on their own without care or protection. All these children of 5 years and below are brought to Imani children’s home for care and protection. Upon intake, an individual placement plan is made. This is based on the background information. With time an alternative care is sought; this involves extensive case works, field visits, home visits, follow-ups and enough areas of networking. For those children whose guardians are found and assessed the children are given back to probation care. For those abandoned at birth and no one claiming for them, are released for foster care. Over the years Imani has grown both in quality and in magnitude. Currently, Imani is taking care and protecting 350 children in different homes. A major challenge is that no one comes forward to adopt an HIV positive baby. As a result, children who have ever tested positive remain in the program forever or for a very long time before getting an alternative care.
Over the years Imani has steadily grown both in size and quality moving from an individual initiative to an organization based structure. It presently caters for 350 children including babies from one day old to 18 years (abandoned, orphaned and vulnerable children and those neglected. Imani strives to help these children understand that being orphaned or vulnerable is not their identity by offering a Godly home, a loving and a family environment. We also identify, develop each child’s unique and special talents, teach, transform and train the children through education and mentorship. We believe that every child deserves the best start in life and a chance to fulfill their potential, therefore, we support them, stand up for them and bring out the best in each and every child.
- To provide parental care and guidance to the children
- Rehabilitation and reintegration of children back to the community
- To provide primary health care to the children
- To provide quality education to the children
- Preventing vulnerability of children by working with the community around Kayole in Nairobi and empowering them with life skills. This is achieved through community child protection where Imani sensitizes members of the public to be ‘watchdogs’ for the abused children and report to the authority
- To train caregivers in caregiving skills to enable these children to get adequate care, love and support