Lalmba assists over 1100 destitute children with no other means of support. Many destitute or orphaned children must work to survive, eliminating any chance at schooling. Lalmba ensures them an education, the only way to arm them for a better future. We supply school fees, basic food staples and clothing, school supplies and complete medical care, supplementing the household for those living with a grandparent or other family member. The child must remain in school in order to continue in our program. For those children who truly have no one, Lalmba runs a small children’s home in Kenya and Ethiopia to parent those children in the most desperate situations.

RCAR  (Community-based Care)

Our Reaching Children At Risk (RCAR) program identifies those in the community at highest risk for not attending school due to their life circumstances, and ensures that their basic needs are met. Initially, some of these children work as hired help, nursing sick relatives, and some cannot afford to buy their books or clothes to enroll in school. Our RCAR teams interview families before enrollment. Most of these already needy families could not afford another child into their home without the extra support Lalmba provides. After enrollment, children are monitored to ensure they are being cared for and attending school.  We provide free health care, some food supplies, and educational support so that these very vulnerable children can reach their potential. In Ethiopia, Lalmba cares for 33 at-risk children in remote Chiri.  We have 1100 orphans in the RCAR program in Matoso, Kenya, an area devastated by the AIDS epidemic.

Children’s Homes

Lalmba runs two homes for orphaned children. Our oldest home, the Ongoro Children’s Home,  is located near the Matoso Clinic in Kenya, providing complete care for 40 of the most desperate orphans.  In Ethiopia, the Chiri Children’s Home  cares for 15 – 20 orphans. Lalmba has found these children’s homes necessary for those children who have no family or community support at all. In these homes the children have a supportive, loving environment that allows them the opportunity to be children with a bright future.


Our Scholarship Programs provide continued education funding for exceptional children who would otherwise have no possibility of higher education above the standard grade 8. Each year we award scholarships to dozens of secondary school students and an occasional university student.
  • Send a Child to Primary School $25

    There are associated costs to send a child to school that are simply out of reach for many poor farmers, with child labor the result. Lalmba helps those poor families by paying the school fees for their children, buying their school supplies, and being present for that special fitting with the tailor for the child's first school uniform. The pride on their faces when they try on their brand new school uniform is enchanting.

Sponsor a Child for Primary School
  • Provide a Scholarship for Higher Education $250

    Historically, Lalmba education support ended when a child reached the 8th grade. In the early days, an 8th grade education provided valuable opportunity in the communities where we work. Today, as the community has become more educated, higher degrees are more in demand. Currently we provide scholarships to 100 secondary students, some in vocational training, and a few have received support for college education. We would love to see our scholarship numbers grow, but at $250 per student per year, we have to be very selective about who receives a scholarship. You can help by providing a chance for a bright student to receive a higher education.

Provide a Scholarship

Adopt a Home

  • The Chiri Children's Home, Kaffa, Ethiopia $1000

    Become a Group/Family Sponsor of The Chiri Children's Home
    The Chiri Children's Home is home to 15 of the most adorable children, orphans who found their way out of abandonment and into our care. The kids live communally with house mothers who love them as their own. These children are not pampered; they live a notch above the standards of their peers. But they've suffered great loss and deserve a little boost into empowerment.
    We're looking for 10 groups (families, churches, work groups, etc.) to help us support the children at the Chiri Children's Home. Please join us and get to know these kids.

  • The Ongoro Children's Home, Matoso, Kenya $1,000

    Become a Group/Family Sponsor of The Ongoro Children's Home
    The Ongoro Children's Home is home to 40 equally adorable children, all of whom are AIDS orphans without anyone to care for them. The community where they live, on the shores of Lake Victoria, is truly the end of the road. Without an education, there is very little opportunity for children who grow up here, aside from fishing the lake. Over the past 30 years, many children who grew up here have succeeded in higher education and have returned to start businesses, or in some cases to work for Lalmba as professionals determined to see their community grow and prosper.
    We're looking for 30 groups (families, churches, work groups, etc.) to help us support the children at the Chiri Children's Home. Please join us and get to know these kids.


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Want to know more about Lalmba’s work serving the poor? We would love to talk with you and have you join our mission.

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