The Baby Centre is the first of its kinds for both WGM Kenya and AGC. Kenya is struggling with the overwhelming epidemic of babies and children being orphaned or abandoned due to AIDS, other diseases, violence and poverty. In response to this desperate need and in seeking to fulfill the mandate of Christ to meet the needs of these innocent children, WGM and AGC joined hands to build a home of Christian love, security and nurturing.
The Baby Centre plot is 3 acres which was donated by the Ngata Africa Gospel Church. A groundbreaking ceremony for the Baby Centre was held January 18, 2005, and staff members began accepting babies and toddlers in January, 2006. With the help of the Nappanee Missionary Church in 2007 the main building was completed and the Baby Centre was officially dedicated in September, 2008 by His Excellency Daniel Arap Moi.
Children ranging in age from birth to 4 years old are currently being brought to the Centre based on referrals from hospitals, families, and police. We have enough room to house approximately 96 children.
Though the Baby Centre employs two full-time nurses, it does not have the medical facilities to house children with full-blown AIDS. Children who are HIV positive are being accepted at the Baby Centre and we provide treatment and medical care in the attempt to prevent the progression of the disease.
The AGC Baby Centre is not an orphanage or a children’s home. The children that come here do not stay here for the rest of their lives as in one of the previously mentioned institutions. The children come here only until they can be matched with adoptive parents. The Baby Centre is a Charitable Children’s Institution registered with the Kenyan government.
In 2008 the Baby Centre, through the help of some generous donors, was able to drill a bore hole near the town of Salgaa to start a water business. This not only provides water for the Baby Centre, but also creates an income stream to work on the long-term sustainability of the Baby Centre.
In 2013 the dairy production was moved from its original location at the shamba in Ngata to the Baby Centre main compound for multiple reasons. One reason was for the health and security of the cows. A second reason was that we were able to put the cows into a zero-grazing unit which required less room and kept our milk production closer to the babies which decreased costs. Thirdly, with having the cows on the main campus we were able to create a biogas unit which now aides us in providing cooking gas to prepare the food for our babies.
Also in 2013 we were able to procure a diesel fuel pump and 4,000 litre underground storage tank from one of our local companies to have our own fueling station here at the Baby Centre. This gives us the ability to purchase diesel fuel at wholesale prices when the price is low, and saves us money in both time and fuel by eliminating the need to drive to town every week to purchase diesel fuel. This is another cost savings venture that takes the Baby Centre closer to long-term sustainability.
Started in 2013 and completed in 2014, we were able to construct a tilapia fish pond. This fish pond will provide protein/fish for our babies and the extra fish will be sold to staff and the community as another source of income for the Baby Centre.
In 2014 we have begun intensive farming at the Baby Centre main campus. Well planned out small plots of land have yielded significant crops that we use on a daily basis here at the Baby Centre. Not only do we provide quality food for the babies, but the excess vegetables are able to be sold to staff and the surrounding community as yet another income stream for the Baby Centre.
In April 2014 through the blessing of a donor in the United States we received a grain bin which was put together and erected. We now have the capacity to store all of our maize grain in a safe, clean and dry environment which will provide a significant source of food used every day by our babies.
In 2014 we will begin construction on our new diary goat production. Goat milk is very good for our babies with AIDS and also those children that are intolerant of cows milk. We will also look into producing goat yogurt and goat cheese which are very marketable and will be another income stream for the Baby Centre.
God has blessed us in so many ways with bringing people and ideas together to help the Baby Centre not only be good stewards of what is given to them, but to also be doing our part to be good stewards of what God has blessed us with in laying out a plan for the long-term sustainability of the Baby Centre.