Most of the kids at the home had parents who died of AIDS, and were left either with grandmothers unable to provide appropriate care or else left on the streets to fend for themselves. Baraka Children's Centre takes these children in, provides rehabilitation, and then gives them a safe and loving home environment. All expenses for the children are covered by the home: accommodation, food, clothing, school fees, medical costs, and personal items. In addition, the positive community spirit provides a family for these children, most of whom have no other source of love and support.
At present, Francis carries all costs associated with the facility from his own pocket. As a herbalist, he has typically been able to make a high enough income to support the costs of the centre, in addition to his own family of four children. He has also provided extremely valuable services to his rural community, including campaigning the government to provide electrical lines and water piping to the area at a value of over 5 million shillings. However, as costs for the children continue to increase as they get older and start paying secondary school fees, this funding scheme will no longer realistically cover all expenses.
The latrine project will update the sanitation facilities at Baraka Children's Centre, raising them to a more acceptable standard. The project consists of two distinct phases. First, a new triple pit latrine will be constructed. It will use new, waterproof cement to ensure it lasts for a long time. The children will use the new latrine during daylight hours, as well as by children from the new nursery school. The second portion of the project will be building an indoor washroom. This facility will be used by volunteers, as well as by the children so that they don’t have to go outside at night. It will also include a permanent hot shower, which will greatly improve personal hygiene.