What is Suluhisho?
Suluhisho means “The Solution”
Suluhisho is a Not For Profit organisation focussed on providing sustainable social and economic change within communities in Kenya.
Key to the Suluhisho strategy are community development programs that build on the cultural strengths of the Kenyan people, creating sustainability and independence.
Older programs for the developing world created a welfare based system due to the urgency of desperate circumstances of the people residing in these countries.
It is the Suluhisho vision to use new models which are self sustaining, building upon a socio-economic foundation based in education, training and lifeskills development.
The story of Suluhisho is one of determination; to change the lives of children living in extreme poverty.
The journey has been a tale of desperation, sadness, triumph, empowerment, wisdom, beauty, love and dignity.
With increasing numbers of children from desperate impoverished circumstances needing support , Suluhisho remains determined. The volunteers’ burning passion and drive continues to give hope, happiness and a chance at a brighter future for the Kenyan children.
How It All Began
The dream came to fruition in 2004, as Jacinta Conroy left the life she knew in Australia.
Jacinta, just 24 at the time and looking for an adventure, packed up her violin and left for the Rangala Babies Orphanage in Kenya.
Jacinta had already travelled having lived in Ireland for two years, been part of a band, taught in a Montessori pre-school, and had more recently run a successful Suzuki violin school in her home town of Goulburn.
The profound poverty and utter deprivation of Rangala hit her hard. It was so far from the home comforts she was used to, an experience that would never be undone.
As Jacinta played her violin daily to the babies in the orphanage it began to have a deep and profound impact on her. Upon her return to Australia Jacinta began fundraising immediately.
The Kenyan Ambassador was invited to Jacinta’s hometown of Goulburn for one of the first fundraising dinners.
This is when notable changes at a grass roots level began.
The money raised helped a borehole to be dug at a primary school in Andingo. A year’s worth of food was bought and donated to the orphanage. Electricity was connected on the outskirts of Kisimu for a children’s home and community school. A slab for the foundation of a primary school was laid. Cows were bought and medical supplies and bill were attended to.
As Jacinta put it, “This time was all about change, growth, discovery, and transformation. We were continuously bulding upon a vision of possibilities and hope?”
It was within the Goulburn community in Australia that a vision was stretching souls. Many were learning to see more clearly, were listening to an intuition that was calling them. And as they did, so the momentum and impact grew.
You Can Be Part of the Suluhisho Solution
Becoming a Suluhisho Volunteer, conducting a fundraiser and donating to the organization will not just change the lives of many children needing your support but will change your life too.