Salhaa orphanage in Msambweni gets reason to smile during month of Ramadan

Salhaa orphanage in Msambweni gets reason to smile during month of Ramadan

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Ms. Amina Abdalla Khamis owner and founder of Salhaa orphanage in Kwale patting the head of one of the girls holding some of the dates they had received. PHOTO: BRIAN OSWETA.

Kwale, KENYA: Orphans at Salhaa orphanage in Mswambweni Kwale County have  a reason to smile this month of Ramadan; this is after receiving donations of food stuff that will aid during this period of fasting.

Amina Abdalla Khamis the owner and founder of the orphanage, said the donation that was given by Kenya Ports Authority KPA would go along way in helping her run the orphanage during this holy month.

“I thank KPA for the great thing they have done, people don’t know that there are children here in the rural areas who have needs like any other child, especially during Ramadan.” Said Amina.

59-year-old Amina who has been running the orphanage for almost 10 years now, says she saw the need to help educate children without discrimination and that’s why she used her own land to give back to society.

“I walked around and saw so many street children and so with whatever i had that God had given me, i decided to donate my land to help and educate children without any discrimination.” Said Amina.

Principal Corporate Communications Officer KPA Hajji Masemo speaking on Sunday when they had visited the orphanage, said the need to give back to the community during Ramadan is what prompted them to help.

“Ramadan is the month for those who have to help those who don’t have and that is why as KPA; we give back to different orphanages in the region by providing them with food for futari,” said Hajji.

He added that the apart from the food, they had also bought sanitary towels to help the girls at  the orphanage.

Orphans together with their teachers and caretakers of Salhaa Orphanage pose for a photo with KPA officials after receiving the donation. PHOTO: BRIAN OSWETA
Orphans together with their teachers and caretakers of Salhaa Orphanage pose for a photo with KPA officials after receiving the donation. PHOTO: BRIAN OSWETA

Apart from just being an orphanage, Salhaa also offers Madrassah education to the 58 children aged between 6 and 16 years.

Amina says once the kids get done with secondary education, they are urged to enroll in college so that they can later get a job and help other people just like they have been helped.

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