How it began
Home of Grace came to the attention of a Burlington, Ontario woman, Diane Miller, in 2006. Over the next few months, Diane and her friend Cathy Fairley continued to stay in touch with the director, Edina, via e-mail.
In the summer of 2009, Cathy had a chance to travel to Kenya. It only made sense to add a side trip to Kisii, in the western part of the country, to meet Edina and see the work being done.
When the time came for Cathy to leave, she had already decided more had to be done to help this community. As soon as she returned home, Cathy, with support from Diane, began to fundraise and advocate for Home of Grace.
Quickly the desire to formalize their arrangement grew. Home of Grace Care Centre Inc., established in Canada by Fairley, Miller and a few like-minded friends to become the principle advocacy and fundraising body for Home of Grace in Kenya.
In early 2013, Home of Grace Care Centre became a project of Speroway, a Canadian charity based in Burlington, Ontario. Their focus is bringing hope to the world through food, education and healthcare in areas of the world struggling with extreme poverty. Under the direction of Speroway, there has been improved service delivery and accountability at Home of Grace.
In 2014, Home of Grace moved to the outlying rural area of Kiogoro, in order to provide more space for the children.
In 2017, Speroway added a lunch feeding program for poor children in nearby schools. These children have been recommended by the headmaster at their school. Participants seldom had more than one meal a day at home and that one meal was often inadequate for growing bodies. The lunch feeding program currently operates only on school days.
The Centre is currently run by Benter, the House Mother/Manager, with the assistance of the house father and other staff. It now offers residential care for orphans and vulnerable children, including food, shelter, education and medical care; as well as a community feeding program for children, educational scholarships, and food support for families in the community.
Today, Home of Grace is quickly becoming an anchor in Kiogoro, as it continues to reach out to the local community.
Home of Grace Care Centre Inc. continues to be the principle advocacy and fundraising body for Home of Grace in Kenya, working with and on behalf of Speroway.