The institution that would become the Mama Fatuma Goodwill Children’s Home was founded in 1966 by the Kenya Women Organization as an education and training facility for the physically handicapped located in Eastleigh, Nairobi. Shortly after the launch of the program, Fatuma Wambui Gullam Hussein, 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 in the streets of Nairobi.
After the death of Mama Fatuma Gullam in 1997, her son became sole 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 good standard of living.
The home has a residential/shelter facility for care and protection of rescued children, as well provides support to destitute families in the community for the upkeep of these orphan and vulnerable children.
The residential and outreach family support programme both offers services for the safety and survival of the children. .
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.