In Kenya, more than 1.1 million children have lost one or both parents due to the AIDS epidemic, according to a 2011 UNAIDS report. And with 43% of Kenya's population under the age of 15, many children are orphaned and struggle with no one to care for them. Busia Compassionate Centre, an orphanage in rural western Kenya, offers hope to its 104 orphaned residents and 150 foster children who face extreme poverty and limited resources.
Now in its eighth year of operation, Busia Compassionate Centre has opened a new orphanage facility funded by the global credit union movement. From installing toilets and a septic tank to wiring the orphanage with electricity—the new orphanage provides the love and care needed to give the children food security, a safe home, and a sense of family and financial inclusion—many for the first time in their lives.