About Crossroads Springs Institute:
Crossroads Springs Institute, is a care center for AIDS orphans, founded in 2003 by Dr. Meshack Isiaho**, located in Hamisi Center , Western Kenya (registered with Ministry of Social Services Vihiga District). Its purpose is to provide survival, support and eventual self-sufficiency for AIDS orphans; and support for care-givers in the community.
Currently there are 60 children in an Early Childhood Education day program which opened in August 2004, with future plans to serve up to 200 children in a combination of school and boarding facilities. Crossroads Springs will provide:
· Residence for girls and boys with project director, teachers, supervisor, cooks, watchmen and other necessary staff
· Food, uniforms, health services, “parental care”
· Early childhood education on site, older children attending local schools and CSI future expanded program to upper grades
· Assistance in homes where orphans reside with relatives and host parents
· Training of school dropouts and head children
The Management Committee, approved by Social Services in May 2004 includes representatives of education, social services, churches, local chief, HIV/AIDS National Control Committee, and the Gavudunyi Farmers Club.
The building is nearing completion
after rehabilitation of an unfinished structure. Professional local craftsmen were assisted by
volunteers for several weeks in September 2004.
Funding has come primarily from individual donors in North
America , directing contributions through an account at Orchard
Park Quaker Meeting,
Funding is needed for completion of building and ongoing staff and services.
**Dr. R. MESHACK ISIAHO: Founder and manger of CSI, Honorary Doctorate, studied in UK for a year or more, served on Kenya National Coffee board, worked at an Agricultural College.