The high number of maternal deaths in the region prompted the sisters to set up Rang’ala Baby Home to help children who had lost their mothers make it to their first birthday. The home was established in 1939 by the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of St. Joseph. They later handed the institution to the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph, a local congregation, to continue with the mission.
Sr. Georgina Chepkemoi explains that the first few months are the hardest for the caretakers, especially if a child is brought into the home when they are just days old.
The home takes care of children between the ages of 1 day and 6 years. Currently it has 42 children, ranging in age from 2 months to 8 years old. The home has provided relief to widowers and guardians, who suddenly find themselves in charge of newborns.
Source: Global Sisters Report