Umoja Orphanage Kenya

Umoja Orphanage Kenya will offer a real alternative to child abandonment. Through a holistic care approach, we will give children a second chance at life and help break the cycle of poverty. The Umoja Project was founded by Bundaberg schoolteacher Cathy Booth.

19 volunteers will depart Australia at the end of March to support Umoja Orphanage Kenya, a RAWCS project (no. 51/2011-2012).

In the Kwale district of Ukunda, on 15 acres of fertile land, the Umoja Orphanage Project is still in the early stages of construction. By the end of 2014, Umoja hopes to house their first group of rehomed children in a self-sustainable children’s village.

The third group of volunteers will be working on Umoja’s self-sustainability project, including building sheds for cows and chickens, planting screening trees and a fruit orchard, and participating in permaculture training alongside locals. Self-sustainability is a high priority for this project in order to reduce the ongoing need for donations. Umoja also hopes to empower locals by providing education and training in food production. This will allow Umoja to meet their ultimate objective of helping children and communities break the cycle of poverty.

Umoja’s trips to Kenya are known as voluntourism as they are part volunteering, part vacation. Umoja Founder, Cathy Booth, leads the tour giving the volunteers a taste of Kenyan culture and an insight into the hardships of living in poverty. The trip concludes with a five-day safari to some of Kenya’s beautiful National Parks, including Amboseli and Masai Mara, where participants will be on the pursuit for the Big Five. 

For more information about upcoming Umoja tours, please LIKE Umoja's Facebook page, or subscribe to their newsletter via their website,

For the flyer on the upcoming Umoja trip, please click here.

See the latest article about their project in the RNZWCS Newsletter.

You can also contact our e-Club liaisons, Cathy & Lesley, for more information.