Our Founder, Amelie Soerensen
I have a background in teaching and religious studies. I visited Kenya for the first time for a period of 9 months in 2008. At the time, I stayed in a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Nairobi. It’s called Donholm/ Embakasi. It’s an area where 60% of all of Nairobi’s lower-class population lives. There are many slums in near proximity. The streets are heavily congested with street-children, from orphans to abused runaways, who can be seen begging for food or digging through garbage as they try to survive living on the dangerous streets of Nairobi.
Back in Canada, I sold my home and many of my belongings to finance the purchase of a home for boys and returned to Nairobi shortly after Christmas of 2009. The home was started in May 2010 on Mother’s Day, when the first child, named Jackson, was given a new home and a new family at the Life4Kids children’s home.
Today we continue the mission of providing ’A Place to Call Home for the Forgotten Children’.
You can read more about Our Story here.
Amelie Soerensen, Founder Life4Kids
Here’s a message from our Chair, Fred Hacker:
It’s an honour to work with Life4Kids. There are few more rewarding activities than to be part of an organization that is giving hope, love and a future to abandoned boys in Nairobi. Our friend Amelie has devoted her life (and her life savings) to creating and sustaining a home for otherwise forgotten boys.
But the funds that we are generating are inadequate to keep up with the current needs, let alone to support Amelie to expand the program. As the boys get older, they graduate to high school where tuition is not free. Their schooling, their books, their uniforms and their extracurricular activities all must be funded.
So, may I ask you to consider making a personal pledge of support. What Life4Kids needs is a constant stream of funding. If you could provide a sum every month (whether it be $20 or $100 or whatever you can contribute), that would allow us to provide the consistent support that is needed.
Please complete and return the pledge form as soon as possible. Or donate through the “Donate” button on this page. Thanks for all you do for the boys at Life4Kids.
Fred Hacker, Chair, Life4Kids Canada
Jane Nanzala Wasike
Acting “Team leader” and board director.
Work Place: Life4Kids Children Home in Nairobi, Kenya. I have worked at Life4Kids since 2011.
Education: Bachelor degree in Social-work
How I met the founder of Life4Kids: In 2009 Amelie visited my former place of work; a large orphanage in Mathare slum. This was when Amelie had first arrived in Kenya and was running a feeding program for the street-boys in the surrounding slums of Nairobi. I saved her telephone number for a reason: She told me she had a dream of starting her own children’s home. At the time, I had a wish to further my studies but my then employer decided to not allow me to continue my studies in Social-work, whilst I simultaneously worked for her organization. I soon after left that job and went back to school.
Acting “Care giver”
I’m a Rwandan man. I have been married to my wife Jacqueline for six years. We have a daughter called Precious, who is four years old.
Work Place: Life4Kids Children Home in Nairobi, Kenya. I have worked at Life4Kids since 2012.
Education: Diploma in Theology. Previously, I was a youth leader in Rwanda.
How I met the founder of Life4Kids: I came to Kenya in 2009 to Study at a Bible College in Nairobi. In 2010 Amelie taught courses at that particular college and invited all the college students to visit her children’s home. At that first visit I fell in love with the children and decided to volunteer at Life4Kids. I was later offered a full-time job.