The institution that would become the Mama Fatuma Goodwill Children’s Home was founded in 1966 by the Kenyan Woman’s Organization as an education and training facility for the physically handicapped in Eastleigh, Nairobi. Shortly after the launch of the program, Mama Fatuma Gullam converted the home into a facility to care for Nairobi’s growing population of orphans and vulnerable children. The home sought to care specifically for Nairobi’s orphaned and destitute children, who were increasingly being forced to fend for themselves on the streets of Nairobi.
After the death of Mama Fatuma Gullam in 1997, her son became manager, and the home fell into neglect. Upon learning of the deteriorating conditions at Mama Fatuma’s, the Kenyan Government and Children’s Department appointed a professional board of directors to provide for the management and oversight of the home. Since that time, the board members have changed, but still work tirelessly to provide vision, guidance, and secure funding for the home. The board is constantly monitoring and evaluating the homes progress, ensuring that the children at Mama Fatuma enjoy a high quality of life and the home operates with transparency. Presently the home has 65 children in residential care and provides support to an additional 20 children in its outreach program. All of the children in the home’s care are currently enrolled in school.
Mama Fatuma is also a charter member of the Kenya Foster Care Network (KEFCAN), founded in 2008 for the promotion of best practices in the child welfare sector.
At Mama Fatuma's, we hope to create a safe place for Nairobi’s orphaned and vulnerable children to grow and develop. We firmly believe that every child deserves quality education, medical care, shelter, and a loving community, regardless of that child’s ethnic or religious background. At Mama Fatuma we work to achieve this muster for Kenya’s most vulnerable children. Unfortunately, we cannot do it alone, we need your help and support to continue our work.