The Basics, Hamomi Childrens Centre

Food. We serve 2 meals a day, 6 days a week to 132 students & staff. This relieves the burden of feeding another mouth in all respective homes. We want a full, diverse meal plan, but are limited by budget.

Water. We purchase water from a tap for hand washing, dish washing and drinking. Better facilities would mean easy access to water. This resource issue is far less complicated when you're in a nicer neighborhood.

Housing. We are not an orphanage. We match orphaned students with guardians in our community who offer direct love & care, which an orphanage cannot. We can then meet the students' other needs more effectively.

Clothes. Visitors bring donated items. Arrivals are sporadic and we cannot restock shoes and clothes at the rate kids deserve. This takes a backseat to more pressing needs when making difficult budgeting choices.

Medical Care. We provide annual check-ups, first-aid, emergency care, preventative care and HIV/AIDS education. This issue is vast and complicated but we are working quickly to take it all on.

The Basics

You know the proverb:

"If you give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime."

But, you can't expect that man to attend your fishing school and learn well if his basic needs are not met.

Tier 1

Food, clothes, medicine and housing assistance do not end the cycle of poverty, but there must be a balance between the long term development and immediate needs of our students.

Feeding children does not create lasting change, but we cannot ignore the very real circumstances our students combat day in and day out.


"When biological needs aren't met, how can a child think of other things? They are irrelevant."

-Bryn Mooney,

Hamomi Volunteer, May 2012

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