Our journey began in 2010

    Cannan Orphanage is situated in Bombolulu on Kenya's East coast, just north of Mombasa. Started in 2010, and registered in 2011, Cannan Orphanage is certified with the Kenyan District Gender & Social Development Office as a self-help group/project. A financial report is filed annually with the Kenyan authorities.


    The orphanage is run by Mrs. Risper Ayub (“Mama”), her husband Rasto Odongo ("Papa") and her family. Mama is the oldest of 13 kids, and was raised in a humble family with a strong Christian background. She has six children, most of whom are now grown up and living on their own. Mama came to Mombasa in search of greener pastures; she ran a small business selling fish at a well known slum, Kisumu Ndogo in Mombasa, for a long time. In the year 2010, she volunteered to help in guiding and counselling women whose husbands had died of HIV/AIDS, under the Aphia II project. Slowly, Mama’s house became a home for many orphans whose parents had died of HIV/AIDS in the slum. It was then that the idea of starting an orphanage dawned on her, a place these children could call home, and she relentlessly pursued her dream. Mama now has a large family that includes her own children and the orphans. We provide love, shelter, and safety to orphaned and abandoned children in Mombasa, Kenya.

    What We Do :

    Provide shelter, basic foods and clothing in a safe, loving environment Depending on donations received, support secondary school education and technical training for the older children in our care Secondary school education is expensive in Kenya since it is usually at private boarding schools, costing $700-1,000 per year State primary schools are free, but the quality is poor, and most parents try to save enough to send their children to private schools Higher education is key to lifting these children out of poverty. The children of Cannan Orphanage are settling into their new home, after the landlord did not renew their lease. The old house was a run-down property that rarely had running water, and flooded badly twice each year during the rains. The children’s overall health should improve as a result of lowered malaria risk. The new house also has a piped water supply for washing (drinking water must still be purchased in jerry cans). On the other hand, the rent is greatly increased, highlighting the need for donations. Cannan Orphanage is supported by the efforts of willing volunteers from all over the world. We are always looking for additional help so we can improve the lives of these Kenyan orphans. Please contact us at cannanorphanage@gmail.com for more information.

    Volunteer Tasks :
    • Teaching the younger children
    • Food preparation and serving
    • Organizing creative and artistic activities, such as singing, dancing, drawing and painting.
    • Organizing sports and other physical activities.
    • Motivational speaking, empowering children to be self-reliant by life-skills lessons.
    • Washing clothes, dishes, utensils
    • Manual labour (building, gardening, painting, etc.)
    • Bathing younger children and babies
    • Ensuring the compound is clean
    • Administrative work, public relations, marketing.

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