Maternity care in kenya
Celebrating all the miracle babies
Founded in 2010, Mercy House Global started with a dream to rescue pregnant teen moms out of desperate situations in Nairobi, Kenya. Today, Mercy House Global funds three maternity homes called Rehema House in Kenya. Rehema is the Swahili word for mercy.
Rehema House is an indigenous work, founded and led by local Kenyans, Maureen and Oliver Kaderi and funded by Mercy House Global. As of spring 2023, Rehema House has welcomed 77 pregnant teens between the ages of 12-16 years old and welcomed 75 miracle babies!
There are a vast number of empowerment programs and opportunities available to the residents during their two+ year stay before they are transitioned into the Sponsorship program for an additional two to four years. Our team works hard to rehabilitate and reintegrate the teen moms and their children back home whenever possible. If it’s not possible, the most vulnerable residents are invited to join the Transition home.
WHY MATERNITY HOMES?
Annually, 21,000 women are hospitalized from having an illegal, unsafe abortion in Kenya. (Center for Reproductive Rights)
Abortion is a volatile topic in Kenya.
13,000 Kenyan girls are kicked out of school for being pregnant. (Center for Reproductive Rights)
25% of pregnant women in Kenya are HIV positive (ObGyn in Kenya)
Every 30 minutes, a woman is raped in Kenya. (Nairobi Women’s Hospital)
Mothers often force their daughters into trading sex for food in the slums (CNN)
More than 20,000 children are sex trafficked in Kenya (Human Trafficking)
1500 women die in childbirth every day across Africa (WHO)
Empowering solutions for women & children
Together, with local Kenyan partners, we have developed empowering solutions that support women and children.
House pregnant girls and new mothers in three safe houses (16 beds for mothers and 16 beds for babies)
Prenatal Care- checkups, medical assistance for healthy deliveries
Employ widows as housemothers
Proper Nutrition-protein and regular healthy meals
Counseling-post abortion/prostitution, rape recovery
Ministry-prayer, Biblical teaching, regular devotions
Education-help catch girls up in school thru 8th grade, then continue on to high school, or vocational tract
Livelihood Skills-cooking, jewelry-making, art, sewing, etc
A nurturing environment in-which to give birth and breastfeed babies
A safe place to stay and learn and heal until they graduate
An account to start small business or continue education
Reintegration back into their homes, if this is an option
Assisting family members with starting a small business
Reach out to single mothers outside the residences in neighboring slums through community outreach and Discovery Bible Study
Partner globally with other organizations empowering women, single mothers and widows through employment