What We Do
Provide shelter, basic foods and clothing in a safe, loving environment
Depending on donations received, support secondary school education and technical training for the older children in our care
Secondary school education is expensive in Kenya since it is usually at private boarding schools, costing $700-1,000 per year
State primary schools are free, but the quality is poor, and most parents try to save enough to send their children to private schools
Higher education is key to lifting these children out of poverty
In the News
The children of Cannan Orphanage are settling into their new home, after the landlord did not renew their lease. The old house was a run-down property that rarely had running water, and flooded badly twice each year during the rains. The children’s overall health should improve as a result of lowered malaria risk. The new house also has a piped water supply for washing (drinking water must still be purchased in jerry cans). On the other hand, the rent is greatly increased, highlighting the need for donations.
Cannan Orphanage is supported by the efforts of willing volunteers from all over the world. We are always looking for additional help so we can improve the lives of these Kenyan orphans. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Teaching the younger children
Food preparation and serving
Organizing creative and artistic activities, such as singing, dancing, drawing and painting
Organizing sports and other physical activities
Motivational speaking, empowering children to be self-reliant by life-skills lessons
Washing clothes, dishes, utensils
Manual labour (building, gardening, painting, etc.)
Bathing younger children and babies
Ensuring the compound is clean
Administrative work, public relations, marketing
Our operations are entirely supported by voluntary donations. We receive no funds from the Kenyan government or NGOs. The family that operates the orphanage lives on-site, and no-one is paid a salary.
Our immediate needs: Rent, food, electric and water bills, school fees for children, medical costs and medication, clothes and shoes, mattresses and bedding. The orphanage is struggling to survive financially. A total of 38 children are cared for by Cannan, with the day-to-day help of local and international unpaid volunteers.
Admin fees: 95% of funds received go directly to the orphanage (PayPal fee of 3%, plus transfer cost of 2%).