St. Camillus Dala Kiye is a Faith Based, Child Focused and development Integrated Organization founded on Christian Fundamental Principles of Love and Compassion to the needy children.
The organization is an initiative of the St. Camillus Mission [Servants of the Sick in Kenya] based in Karungu and the local Christian Community. The institution is situated at the deep southern shores of Lake Victoria in Karungu Division, Migori District, Nyanza Province in the Republic of Kenya.
Dala Kiye Program emerged from the dumbfounding experiences in the St. Camillus mission hospital where patients being admitted were terminally ill AIDS patients and subsequently died leaving behind children. These deaths were/are steadily increasing not only within the hospital but also in the entire community and the number of children whose lives are falling apart are also escalating. These children were/are deprived, devastated, prejudiced and subjected to lead lives devoid of human interests. This prompted the initial inception of St. Camillus Dala Kiye Children Welfare Home in 2001 and was eventually registered in July 2002 with the Department of social Services, Migori district as a Charitable Children’s Organization to address the welfare of Children affected By AIDS in Karungu community. Nevertheless the reality of phenomenological and the socio-economic dynamics in the community have made it necessary to broaden the mandate to encompass community development precepts.
The organization is a non- political and non-profit making initiative. The program operations depend on both financial and material resources mobilized from individuals and Non-governmental organizations. Through community based needs assessments, projects are designed and developed and sent to donors for considerations. The organization prepares its financial reports as articulated by the donors accordingly to accredit accountability and transparency. The program is implementing different OVC projects modeled on Family-Based care, and Foster Family Care and a project targeting HIV positive children.
The physical facilities of the program comprise of the following:
- An administration block with furnished and equipped offices, meeting room, library, auditorium and washrooms.
- A well furnished and equipped dining hall with a capacity of 300 children and also housing laundry room and stores.
- Six homes for hosting 60 children affected by HIV/AIDS
- A recreational facility for sports/games for both the children and adults. These include ball games, athletics and bathing.
- A public primary and secondary school [ B.L. Tezza Complex School ] with OVCs forming a greater proportion of the total pupil population.
Pursuant to the stated goal and objectives, Dala Kiye designs, develops and implements projects which are child and community-focused, participatory and sustainable. All the activities are mainstreamed to rights-based, community needs assessment and destigmtization methodologies. The projects are comprehensively formulated with a commitment to implement the National Legislations, Policies and Action plans for the protection of the rights of children in Kenya. The program is based on a framework of wide consultative process involving all stakeholders.The program implementation team is headed by the Program Director who is the chief Administrator of all the initiatives of the St. Camillus Mission in Karungu. The team comprises of qualified and competent professionals who are responsible for finance & administration and program development & management. There are other direct program support staff attached to various aspects of the program.
Dala Kiye program has a vision of children who are fully integrated into normal life in the Community: a life that provides for the opportunities for deprived and devastated children to identify and explore their potentials and be able to contribute to their own future progress.
The program is committed to the mission of mobilizing and engaging community responses to empower Orphans and other children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS for improved quality of life, increase their chances of surviving the AIDS pandemic and become healthy, productive members of their communities.
The aim of Dala Kiye Program is to mitigate the impacts of HIV/AIDS in the community.
The Program contributes to one prime goal of improving the quality of life through compassionate care and support to children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS.
Dala Kiye Program Initiatives are designed to contribute towards a shift from despair, desolation and dejection of OVCs towards rays of hopes and sustainable livelihoods within their community.