ANIDAN is a young organization in active development. Our main efforts are devoted to helping the most vulnerable, the children. However, we not only take them in off the street, which would alone justify our presence and our work, but we try to develop their family and social environment.
On the whole, we take in the children of young, rejected women and orphans. They live with their families in huts made of mud and rags, sleep on the floor, without water or electricity or minimal hygiene.
Aside from providing basic needs which allows them to recover from malnutrition and disease, we put great emphasis on education as a means of overcoming the backwardness surrounding them.
We have created an area of tolerance in which monitors and children from different ethnic groups, with different beliefs and traditions, live in harmony without distinction. Our Shelter is an example of fraternity among different peoples and beliefs, an example of the cultural richness of the region and of Kenya, and serves as a stimulus for the different tribes involved.
In our relationship with the children, we instill the value of friendship, cooperation and tolerance. We want them to overcome mistreatment, the consequences of child labor and frequent abuse from within their own broken homes. Here they become healthy, they are taught the importance of studies and from a confident present, they see for the first time the possibility of a different future from the isolation and poverty known to them until now. We also endeavor for them to be happy.
Besides caring for them, we often have to defend them from a relative who is not only unresponsible but plans to exploit them or, in the case of the young girls, plans to arrange an early marriage which will ruin their lives.
The Pablo Horstmann Hospital
Aid to shantytowns