The Cannan Orphanage is situated at Bombolulu on Kenya's East coast, not far from Mombasa. 

Started in 2010, and registered in 2011, the Cannan Orphanage is certified with the Kenyan Office of the District Gender & Social Development Office as a self-help group / project. A financial report is filed with the Kenyan Authorities every year. 

Certificate #144942


Rasto Odongo (Papa)

The orphanage is run by Mrs. Risper Ayub (“Mama”), her husband Rasto Odongo ("Papa") and her family. Mama is the oldest of 13 kids, and was raised in a humble family with a strong Christian background. She has six children, most of whom are now grown up and living on their own. Mama came to Mombasa in search of greener pastures; she ran a small business selling fish at a well known slum, Kisumu Ndogo in Mombasa, for a long time. In the year 2010, she volunteered to help in guiding and counselling women whose husbands had died of HIV/AIDS, under the Aphia II project. Slowly, Mama’s house became a home for many orphans whose parents had died of HIV/AIDS in the slum. It was then that the idea of starting an orphanage dawned on her, a place these children could call home, and she relentlessly pursued her dream. Mama now has a large family that includes her own children and the orphans.

Risper Ayub (Mama) with Natalie


Founder Chairperson (Director):
Risper Ayub (Mrs)

Rasto Odongo (Mr)

Ken Wachira (Mr)

Assistant secretary:
Julia Adhiambo (Mrs)

Zacharia Amollo (Mr)

Joel P.N. Mbata (Mr)

Erick Otieno (Mr)
Roseline A. Oduor (Mrs)
Leonida Nyawire (Mrs)
Saline Wambui (Mrs)
Joseph Opiyo (Mr)
James Ayub (Mr)