Simon Coveney visits Irish Aid supported project in Kenya

Simon Coveney in Kenya
Simon Coveney meets children affected by HIV at Nyumbani centre run by Loreto Sisters in Nairobi. Photo: Twitter/IrlEmbKenya

On Tuesday, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, who is in Kenya for the official opening of the Embassy of Ireland, visited the Nyumbani project which has been run by Loreto Sister Mary for 25 years.

Located outside Nairobi, the project provides life-saving care and a loving home to more than 120 HIV-positive children in Kenya. From newborn babies to 23 year-olds, the children live at Nyumbani Children’s Home until they are healthy and self-reliant.

Nyumbani Children’s Home is supported by Irish Aid and Misean Cara which supports the development work of Irish missionaries around the world to eradicate poverty and alleviate inequality.

When it was founded in 1992, it was the only one of its kind to offer life-changing comprehensive medical, nutritional, dental, life-skills, psychological, academic and spiritual care.

The Nyumbani Children’s Home includes four cottages and a dormitory, medical clinic, pharmacy, youth center, community center, playground, library, computer center, kitchen, laundry, kitchen farm, water supply, and greenhouse. The site also has pig and poultry pens, and staff and guest housing.

The Minister also met residents from the Nairobi suburb of Kayole when he visited the Concern Worldwide health facility treating malnourished children.