This month, March 2019,
Bryce Homes Kenya had an opportunity to develop a report card to assess the
outcome of the activities done so far:
Number of the Bryce Homes;
As at now, counting eight years down the line, the program sustains 37 Bryce
Homes out of which 33 regularly receive support in form of foodstuff every
month. The remaining four are now tracing their paths towards
self-sustainability following the establishment of Small Business
Opportunities under their custody.
Building of Shelters for the
Out of the 37 Bryce Homes, 17 now have good houses to live in. Initially,
majority of these homes had temporary shelters mainly made of mud and grass.
These posed health risks especially during cold weather. They were not safe
either as some would even be penetrated by wild animals. A case was heard
when a venomous snake found its way into a house and stayed in the crevices
on the wall without trace. Such cases made these dilapidated houses unsafe
for human life. Today, courtesy of this Program (Bryce Homes), hundreds of
children are now well accommodated and are no longer at risk.
Equipping of the Bryce
Bryce Homes Program did not just build shelters but also equipped them with
bedding, wood stoves, and medium sized solar to provide them with light. The
light helped their children study while at home while the wood stoves have
greatly reduced health risks related to smoke.
Fortunate are the homes that were provided with permanent pit latrines with
bathrooms. Such homes were initially at risk of contracting waterborne
diseases such as cholera and typhoid.
Even though just a few were
lucky to benefit from the arrangements to have pit latrines, the outcome is
immense. We look forward to reaching out to more of the homes with pit
Water Reservoirs and water
Before the intervention of the Bryce Homes Program, thee widows used to walk
longer distances to access rivers for water which they use for domestic
purposes. In their exhausted statuses, these weary women could not live
longer as they subjected their lives in to danger. Today is a new dawn in
their lives as they harvest water from their roof tops and filter for
In order to assist the
widows to become self-sustainable, the Program introduced Small Business
Opportunities through which some of the widows practice poultry keeping;
others do small scale businesses while some are interested in gardening.
Late last year, a group of four widows namely; Josephine (BH 2), Elida (BH
35), Irene (BH 19) and Maren (BH 42) were considered for the SBO Program. We
have noted some progress in their projects and we are optimistic for their
Phoebe, (left) accompanied
the board to visit the
Bryce Homes this month.
Gaudencia was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 cervical cancer. Her health
deteriorates each day hence the need to take care of the children.
This is a sample of the
water reservoirs that have brought relief in eight
Bryce Homes located in a semi-arid area.
Phoebe washes her hands as
she tests the efficiency of the tap.
This as at BH 8, Agnes.
Agnes, BH 8, explains to
her guest (Phoebe who is a
fellow widow in the program)
How she lived in
problems in this old shelter before Bryce Homes
Program reached her.
Agnes, (right) now lives a
happy widow courtesy of the new shelter that
has brought comfort in her life.
Phoebe toured a latrine
where Agnes further reiterated how hygienic
it is to have a toilet and a bathroom in a home.