Welcome to Jacaranda
From a small children’s home for neglected young girls, Welcome to Jacaranda (WTJ) has developed into a collaborative project focusing not just on our ‘Family’, but a whole community on the outskirts of Nakuru, Kenya. The ripple effect began with ‘The Farm’ — a response to the never ending appetites of our growing girls. It continued beyond our fields, and into ‘Our Community’, where first-hand insights guide our every move.
We open our doors and hearts to girls left orphaned by family tragedy, and victims of horrific abuse and neglect. Our aim is to empower them with the building blocks needed for a life of opportunity – safety, love and education. We have 20 young women under the care of our Kenyan Super Mum, Sicily. She provides them with a safe place to call home, healthy meals to nurture their growing bodies, and a regular reminder that they are beautiful and bright people with the most amazing futures ahead.
With a growing number of mouths to feed and a dream of becoming self-sufficient, our backyard quickly turned into ‘The Farm’. The Farm not only gives our girls the yummiest, healthiest and freshest meals around, it employs community mothers and provides a huge amount of produce to be wholesaled at markets, hotels and supermarkets. It has grown from a small vegie patch to a commercially viable operation in no time, with dairy, eggs, kale and avocados proving to be favourites amongst customers. The Farm is helping us raise the standard of living in the wider community, and is bringing us closer and closer to our goal of self-sufficiency.
It would be remiss of us to cage our efforts within the 7 acre WTJ property. To make sure our impact is not only relevant but continuing well into the future, we consciously collaborate with the local community to address real needs. Through these partnerships, each and every community member is empowered with the tools and skills needed to permanently halt the cycle of poverty and suffering, and make their mark on modern-day Kenya.