The Treasure House is a temporary rescue center for children coming out of abuse and neglect.
The Treasure House is more than a safe place for children to learn and grow; it is a home and family. As a temporary children's rescue center, the purpose is to find forever families for each child by facilitating kinship, reintegration, fostercare and adoption. We believe each child deserves a family of their own.
Located next to the Acacia Ranch, The Treasure House sits on two acres of rented land. One acre is fully developed with an already producing garden. Future plans include the continued development of the Acacia Ranch. Once complete, children will be moved to ITHM's own cottages.
Learn about the orphan crisis in Kenya.
The orphan crisis in Kenya is on the rise, and the numbers are staggering. Due to the high unemployment rate, shame inflicted on unwed mothers, and disease, many children are abandoned or orphaned in Kenya. ITHM partners with the District Children's Office (DCO) to rescue and place children in better care, while finding the best solutions for impoverished families.
The DCO estimates that there are 2 cases of abandoned children per month. This is in one of 262 districts in Kenya. Children who are placed in homes for reasons other than abandonment, range between 3 to 9 children per month. Many are placed temporarily or on a permanent basis, depending on the nature of the case. Children rescued from circumstances like early marriage, defilement, female genital mutilation or physical abuse, need care and protection.
According to a study published in 2014-2015, the number of children's homes in Kenya numbered at 798. Of these, 422 are registered, while 376 are not. The children in these homes number to about 50,000. This number is expected to have risen in the past two years. Numbers like these, make children extremely vulnerable to abuse and trafficking.
In the Kajiado North and West districts, in which ITHM operates, the current number of known children's homes is fifty-two. Thirty six homes are registered, while the rest are in the process of registering or have not registered at all. It is suspected that there are homes which have not introduced themselves to the DCO. These homes house an estimated 2,500 children in Kajiado North and West districts alone.
Here's how ITHM-Africa can help.
ITHM exists to help to fill this huge void. We partner with an already established baby rescue home who also facilitates adoptions. When these children age out at 2 years, we pick up the baton. We do our best to find every child a forever family and provide a loving home.
A commonly asked question is what makes a child adoptable or non-adoptable. A child can be ruled non-adoptable for a number of reasons like special needs, disease, the status of parental rights, or if a parent is mentally handicapped. If we are unable to facilitate a child's adoption, then the state will grant us custody in six month increments until a solution can be found to move them to their forever home.
Many people ask where we find children in need. Because ITHM already partners with the District Children's Office in Kenya, we will have children placed directly with us from the state. We will also take children with emergency cases through local hospitals and police stations, while working hand in hand with our local state agency. ITHM is also the "next step" for babies aging out of a local baby rescue orphanage with whom we partner.
According to the law in Kenya, no child is to remain in an institution or "children's home" for more than three years. It is mandatory for institutions to follow-up with families and do their best to get children reintegrated with a relative, fostered or adopted. Very few institutions follow these mandates. Many times, there is simply no where else for a child to go or directors are just trying to stay afloat. Other times, directors do not understand the importance of family ties. By law, children are then released at age 18, and many times are ill-equipped for life outside of an institution.
ITHM can fill the huge gap of children growing up without a family of their own through facilitating kinship, reintegration, foster, and adoption.