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Kenya – Watu Wa Maana

Kenya – Watu Wa Maana


Child sponsorship in Theta, Kenya costs £20 per month. This sponsorship provides:

  • school fees and school uniform
  • full board and accommodation for those in the centre
  • access to medical care
  • the support of a social worker
  • financial support for the family who are hosting those children being rehabilitated

Alternative Gifts

Alternative Gifts are also available. These include a wide variety of really useful items that make a big difference to those who received them, from mosquito nets to water filters.


Visit our blog to keep up to date with everything in Ruiru. You'll find out about what is happening with the project, details of upcoming trips, fundraising events, and other items we think you might be interested in.

Once on the blog, you can also filter other posts by clicking the menu items on the left hand side.


Grassroots' workers and volunteers visit the project every year in September to interview the children and enrol new ones onto the scheme, and to support the project in a hands on manner.

The forms you need in order to apply to go on mission trips (click here for download page) are being updated at the moment as a result of a number of changes in the law. Please drop us a line and we will send you the new forms you need.

To download forms you will need to log in to the website. This is free and easy to do on this page: grassroots.org.uk/user/login

For dates of the next trip with spaces and more information of what you need to do go here: grassroots.org.uk/mission-trips



The Watu Wa Manna Children's centre in Ruiru, 15 miles from Niarobi, was established shortly after the start of the century by a group of ladies who saw the desperate plight of glue sniffing street children in their HIV ridden town.

In borrowed premises they began to feed, house and rehabilitate up to 55 children at a time. Grassroots started to support the project in 2005 and Watu Wa Maana (which means Children of the Chief, or King) has since developed a system for taking children from the streets and putting them into the homes of distant relatives or foster families using social workers and support staff. It has been a long and often trying journey but the first of the children are now in work and living lives contributing to Kenyan society, something that would have been unthinkable for them a few years back.