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Naomi’s Village is a children’s home project that will house up to 110 orphans, age 0-10, from the surrounding Kijabe, Maai Mahiu area.
Naomi’s Village sits on a 5-acre plot in Maai Mahiu, Kenya. A single large home (9,000 sq. ft., 2-stories) allows Naomi’s Village to house 110 children. The remaining land is being used in other ways, so that Naomi’s Village can be a largely self-sustaining children’s home. The property includes not only the home, but also a 30,000 liter water tank to store water piped 8km from a mountain spring, a chicken coop to provide eggs, a covered milking station for dairy cows, and a playground area for the children. A security wall is under construction and electricity will be coming soon to the site. Solar water heaters are in the plans.
A large vegetable garden and fruit trees have been planted already, so that the children’s food can come mostly from the attached property. An ingenious underground irrigation system waters these plants via runoff from hidden tanks that store gray water from the home, separate tanks that treat and reuse water from sewage, and a rainwater collection system. This scheme for utilizing all available water to sustain the crops and fruit trees has garnered the recognition of the agriculture dept., who wants to use our approach as a model for other nearby properties in this semi-arid climate.
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on November 16th, 2009 and it has been under construction ever since. The home is expected to be completed in August 2010.