Joshua Muthengi is a father of 55 plus one
1 weeks ago, 17:00
It’s on a Monday afternoon and a group of about 15 children-aged five and below are chasing each other around their home in the outskirts of Kitengela, Kajiado County.
“They are just from school, Joshua Muthengi, their foster father says.
At a glance, it is hard to guess Joshua Muthengi's age. His small frame and the furrows on his forehead make it difficult to place him. He is 28 years old but he is not your typical millennial. He wears the hat of a father to not one but 56 children.
“Taking care of these children gives me fulfillment. Their smiles and such giggles gives me strength,” he explains. Muthengi was just 17 years old when his heart started warming up to children.
“It was a deep passion - a calling to take care of the destitute children in our village in Makueni County. I used to buy them basic items like food with my meagre earnings from working in the construction sites. Many thought it was absurd that I was helping other children yet my family was not financially stable-my parents couldn’t even afford to take me to secondary school after I sat for my Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (K.C.P.E) in 2004,” he offers.
“In 2009, aged 19 years, I got an opportunity to manage a hostel close to Machakos University and it was there that the passion deepened. I found myself opening doors to orphans and students who came from poor backgrounds. Sometimes, I couldn't understand why I was doing it but seeing the joy on the students’ faces made me continue,” he says.
Sprouting Again Children’s Home is located at Nonkopir, Kitengela. At the home, he has 45 children and offers support to 10 others who live with their guardians.
Together with his wife, whom he married in 2016 they have a one-year old son. This couple has fully devoted themselves to take care of the children, the youngest being three years and the oldest 15 years, a form one student.
“I founded the children's home in 2015 aged 25 years after I empathised with the living conditions of most kids in the slums or in the hands of their guardians- most were not even attending school. Prior to establishing it, together with some women from the church I was fellowshipping in, we would go to different slums every fortnight and prepare meals for the kids. Occasionally, I used to volunteer my services to already established children’s homes but over time, I realised that it wasn’t enough going there now and then. I wanted to offer more than that,” he says.
At the time, he had left Machakos and settled in Kitengela where he had started a charcoal business- he always desired to be a business manWith the returns from the business, he would provide basic needs to needy children.
However, after a few months, the business went under and he had to think fast how to continue supporting them.
“I decided to become a laundry boy. I printed business ...
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