THE NEST HOME
The John Cockerill Foundation supports the association The Nest Home (Kenya).
The Nest Home is a project located in the south of Kenya, at Nairobi and Limuru, across three installations. Its objective is to take into its charge children whose parents have died or been imprisoned (whether the children were born in prison or not).The association puts in place processes of assistance, social and economic reintegration (welcome, medical care, schooling…). There are currently around a hundred children and some thirty infants, for whom the degree of trauma has to be reduced, under the charge of the association.
Without finance from the African state, the internationally recognized association survives thanks to funding which essentially comes from abroad (Germany and Austria). The association wished to become independent in energy terms, reduce its energy costs and, on top of this, store and treat rainwater.
The John Cockerill Foundation has decided to offer the association an installation for supplementary energy and for water supply. It is also organizing a collection of children’s clothing (0 to 15 years), of educational items (EN) of computer equipment etc…
One year ago, the John Cockerill Foundation equipped The Nest Home reception centre in Limuru with an electricity production and storage system. After a few months of operation, the system went into "safety" and thanks to John Cockerill's teams in Kenya, we were able to intervene to solve the problem: the batteries were replaced and the system is finally stable. Supporting a project in the medium and long term is very important. It ensures that the aid is not one-off and that we meet the needs of the community in the long term. In its words, the association is "very happy to be able to become less and less dependent on the Kenya Power Limited Company and thanks the John Cockerill Foundation and its teams for the great resilience they have shown in ensuring that the project runs smoothly".
The centre is also impacted by the covid-19 health crisis. Most of the children have been sent back to relatives. In order to keep the link, particularly in terms of education, the centre has hired a teacher who gives distance learning courses and provides the children with teaching materials.
The Nest also accompanies mothers recently released from prison by orienting them towards new professional challenges. The pandemic has also affected these activities and the association has set up a food programme to help mothers who could no longer feed themselves and their children due to lack of income.