Cannan Orphanage is situated in Bombolulu on Kenya's East coast, just north of Mombasa.
Started in 2010, and registered in 2011, Cannan Orphanage is certified with the Kenyan District Gender & Social Development Office as a self-help group/project. A financial report is filed annually with the Kenyan authorities.
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.