• OUR HISTORY

     

    Humble beginnings

    Teule Kenya's program started on the streets through one man building relationships with four street children and identifying their needs and teaching them on the streets. The first school began on the streets, and as funds were sourced, structured programs grew. The formal establishment of an NGO resulted from this growth.

     

  • OUR HISTORY

     

    Humble beginnings

    Teule Kenya's program started on the streets through one man building relationships with four street children and identifying their needs and teaching them on the streets. The first school began on the streets, and as funds were sourced, structured programs grew. The formal establishment of an NGO resulted from this growth.
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BACKGROUND OF TEULE KENYA

Teule was first known as Homeless Children-International Kenya which was affiliated with it's parent Organization. HCI was founded in 1991 in the USA by John's brother David High. After John finished ministry work in Sudan, God's call was clear: John began working full time with street kids in Nairobi, many of whom he had formed relationships with during his weeks off in Nairobi in 1993 and he was later joined by dedicated Kenyans who served the children on volunteer basis. They discovered children go to the streets to escape from physical, emotional or sexual abuse. While others have been neglected and abandoned. Some are sent by their parents either to beg or sell goods and many are orphaned from HIV and AIDS. In response to these challenges, Homeless Children International Kenya was formed and registered by the government of Kenya on March 28th, 1996, and this was done in partnership with Homeless Children International USA. HCI Kenya was by then running rehabilitation centres namely Tumaini Boys centre at the Woodley Joseph Kangethe grounds where the children lived in a blue tent and Chombo cha Upendo, Makina Kibera for the small girls. In these centres, children had a time to be children through play, received a balanced diet and counselling as the needs arose. The children were also introduced to informal education.

A HOME IN OLOITOKITOK

The girls' home in Oloitokitok began in December 1998 as a place for the girls to be removed from the temptations that Nairobi offers When HCI Kenya acquired property in Oloitokitok. This property was initially leased and later purchase of a two acre piece property owned by Assemblies of God mission. The girls relocated to this property as it already had a permanent three bedroom house, two 20 foot containers, and three semi permanent buildings. HCI Kenya has since built on this property girls' Dormitory with a capacity of 32 girls and a dining room and Kitchen. This property is now the Chombo cha Upendo Children's home. The three bedroom house was converted into the guesthouse and presently also houses the bakery. The semi permanent buildings were renovated to become dormitories initially and later storage and offices and the Containers are serving as offices and storage. In 2003, HCI Kenya acquired an additional quarter acre which was to be used for self sustainability purposes in terms if income generating activities. In 2004, HCI Kenya acquired 8.66 acres of land. On this land, a boys' dormitory with a capacity of 32 boys was constructed enabling the boys to relocate from Nairobi in August 2005. At the time the girls relocated to Oloitokitok HCI Kenya set up Kibo Slopes academy to provide informal education support to the children who were in the program. Meanwhile for formal education, the children who were ready for reintegration into the formal education, they were registered into the primary schools around the area. However in the year 2002, HCI Kenya decided to formalize the school and withdrew all of the children in Oloitokitok back into the school and started the process of seeking registration with the Ministry of Education. This was completed in 2006 when with the aid of a church in the USA; we constructed six classrooms and an administration block on the 8.66 acres of land and fenced it. This school now admits children from the Oloitokitok community and also doubles up as a self sustainability project. For a long time, water was a big problem in Oloitokitok and the children would spend days on end carrying water from a river initially and later the district hospital that has a borehole. Thanks are to God that a church in the USA helped us drill a borehole and this has enabled HCI Kenya to supply water not only to the children but also to the community. This has become another income generating activity. Over the years, HCI Kenya has had many partners including Churches, Corporates international and family foundations, and individual sponsors.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Over the years, Teule Kenya has accomplished a lot with the help of many donors, sponsors, volunteers, staff members, and other supporters. We've seen students taken through the education curriculum and even now employed and self employed; children currently attending all levels of education including primary, secondary, college and university; our children excelling in different extra-curricula activities such as football and drama competitions; the purchase and development of property; strategic planning that has led to the development of policies and procedures, and of income generating activities; and, more importatnly, the support of over 500 children in the past 21 years of Teule's existence.

NAME CHANGE: A NEW BEGINNING

During its operations, the management realised that the name Homeless Children International was a name that bore a stigma in that most people only referred to the organization as homeless thus giving the children an ongoing label of homelessness and didn't speak hope into the lives of the children. The word international also gave a false appearance of affluence and a lot of funding for the organization and that our work was extending beyond the borders of Kenya. Thus a process was started of identifying an alternative name and the children in Oloitokitok identified the name Teule which means Chosen. This name speaks of being chosen, anointed so to speak as the bible says Jesus speaking to His disciples says "You did not choose me, but I chose you to go and bear and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the father in my name He may give you." This name speaks potential and fruitfulness. It encourages our children to view themselves as Chosen and not rejected and chosen for a purpose, that is the purpose of fruitfulness. This name was accepted and registered with the NGO Coordination board as an operating name. Why a name change, well, growth and relevance. HCI Kenya has partnered with HCI USA since its inception and because of the growth of HCI Kenya; the two partners have agreed that HCI Kenya proceeds with registering another name and getting another partner in the USA for funding administration to cater for alternative fundraising processes including grant writing that HCI USA is not able to cater for. As a result, Teule USA was formed in 2009 by Casey and Karen Beckley, longtime partners of the ministry. They have spearheaded a fundraising initiative in the States in order to formulate a team of sponsors who are willing to partner financially with Teule Kenya.