MCF operates residential and welfare homes that offer care and protection to children and youth in need of special care and protection. The first MCF home for street children was set up in Eldoret in 1989. The homes provide holistic care including feeding, accommodation, clothing, medical care, psycho-social support and all necessary parental attention to facilitate children’s access to requirements their school and college educations and promotion of talents. The home receives rescued Children, Rehabilitates them, Reintegrate them back to society as independent and empowered young adults. The rescued children undergo series of care and rehabilitation services aimed at behavior transformation within residential settings and are accommodated in dormitories, hostels and houses in respect to age and sex. Resident child-welfare staff including house parents, pastors, medical officers, counselors, social workers, security staff, teachers, and section Heads of department work together to oversee child welfare services. However, priority has also been placed on promoting community based child care and support in 4 out of 6 MCF projects locations. MCF is currently managing two residential and welfare homes for most vulnerable children.
MCF Ndalani is located in Yatta sub-county, Machakos County In Eastern Kenya and was established in 1995. It is home to very young children and the youths between 1 year and 18 years old who attend to MCF Ndalani Home Pre-primary, Primary and Secondary Schools with a population 620 children. MCF Ndalani has a distinct Children Centre section that has its own autonomous set up specifically meant to serve the very young children. The centre caters for beneficiaries aged 1 to 12 Years. The children have their own menu, spiritual programmes and accommodation facilities away from the others. This set up has given us the desired lesson in bonding children among themselves as well as provide an environment conducive for healing.
MCF Ndalani Medical Centre provides both curative and preventive medical care services to the children, staff and members of the community. The Home has an established agricultural department supplementing the food needs of the children. Located in perennial Semi-arid land served with waters from Thika River, MCF Ndalani has been transformed into environmental envy of the region through tree planting and made agriculturally viable area through irrigation. MCF Ndalani has the core characteristics of an oasis in the desert as a result of its environmental reclamation programs through tree planting.
MCF Yatta was established in 2001 to provide a safe haven and a vocational training centre for the street girls, child-mothers, abused and neglected street destitute girls. It is a home for vulnerable girls rescued from the streets and pangs of poverty among the host of several societal ills that befell their respective families. It targets girl child who were either child mothers, or rescued child labourers, child convicts, children exposed to child prostitution, abandoned, ostracized from their families due to either pregnancy and child bearing or refusal to child marriage when required by the family. A baby care centre has been established at MCF Yatta for babies and children of child-mothers hence enabling child-mothers to access various training programs. MCF Yatta Secondary School has improved access to high school education for the target group restoring hope of many girls graduating annually in MCF high schools and joining colleges and universities.
As the project expanded and the needs the of the needy children became more evident, MCF began admitting boys at MCF Yatta facing similar or worse predicament as dictated by poverty and lack of resources within their families. Since 2001, MCF Yatta has been offering the varied technical skills training courses including; Hairdressing and beauty therapy, tailoring and dress-making, Entrepreneurship, Cookery, Metal work & fabrication, Masonry, Electrical Installations among other life skills training programmes for self-reliance.