Mirror of Hope is a community-based organization (C.B.O.) dedicated primarily to serving AIDS-affected children in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya.
We offer psychosocial care and support to orphans and vulnerable children who have lost either one or both parents, with the surviving parent infected with HIV.
In order to help these children build a life for themselves, we provide them with education and life skills. Without support, these vulnerable children would be left to roam the streets begging for food and money, watching pornography, sniffing glue and using other drugs. Instead, we give them the care and attention necessary for their healthy growth.
Care & Support
These children were formerly receiving care and support from an organization that later abandoned them. As a result, they stopped receiving education, life skills, and material and moral support. Most of them dropped out of school and faced a myriad of problems that no one could respond to.
It was at this point that Thomas and Judy Nyawir, touched by the plight of these deserving children, decided to intervene, establishing an organization that provided emotional support and an avenue for change and a brighter future. It is now registered with the government of Kenya under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Services.
Under the motto “Founded in Hope, Rooted in Love,” we aim to restore hope to the families with the greatest need — people who otherwise would have nothing to look forward to in life.
We strive to provide a number of social services, not only educating vulnerable children, but also facilitating behavior change among the local youth and running a program to empower vulnerable women.
Most of our activities are carried out in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Parish, serving the needs of four local Kibera villages: Kianda, Katwekera, Kambimuru and Makina.
We strive to help the children
- Notice the richness and diversity of God’s creation and find their place in the world.
- Become aware of their potential based on their own uniqueness
- Understand their relationship with God, family, society and the world.
- Hope for a better and prosperous future
Implementing grassroots methods in conjunction with external resource mobilization to provide holistic care and support to orphans and vulnerable children within Kibera by enabling those children to take control of their own destinies through the facilitation of the behavioral change process with an ultimate end goal of educated decision making.