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"MACHAO" is an acronym for MAkueni Christian Home for Assisting Orphans. The mission of MACHAO is to assist the destitute children, whose parents have been victims of death, namely HIV/AIDs. MACHAO focuses on providing these orphans with basic requirements such as: food, shelter, clothing and schooling facilities. The future vision of MACHAO is to expand the home facilities to cater to the increasing number of orphans and impoverished children. The group was formed in 1996 by seven Christians of the Africa Inland Church within Wote Division in Makueni District. MACHAO is a non-profit organization both in Kenya and in the U.S.A. and appeals to well wishers to support the program.
In July 2005, Dr. Carolyn Rowley was introduced to the orphanage via Greater Heights Baptist Church located in Los Angeles, California. Greater Heights Baptist Church supports the missionary efforts of Joseph Mutunga and his family. Dr. Mutunga is one of the seven initial supporters of MACHAO. After Dr. Rowley's first trip to the orphanage, an assessment was made as to the children's need. In March 2007, Dr. Rowley formed the Machao Orphanage Foundation (a non profit organization) dedicated to supporting the efforts of the seven supporters, and the needs of the orphaned and impoverished children. The Machao Orphanage Foundation is a non profit organization in both Kenya and the U.S.A. Funding will support: The construction, building and furnishing costs for the new facility which will house 80 children in the impoverished region of Makueni, Kenya. Utilities (i.e., firewood, charcoal, paraffin). A child's education. The children in the orphanage are required to attend school. Participating in our 'Love-a-Child' program will support the purchase of a child's uniform, tuition, fees, books, and school supplies. Toiletries, clothing and medical supplies. Personnel. Currently, MACHAO has one house mother (matron) and a watchman. As the number of children grow, the orphanage will need at least one more matron and another watchman. Construction of a water system. Today, the Machao Orphanage Foundation continues to raise awareness and money for the new orphan facility and educational support.