Hekima Place is a home for orphaned and vulnerable girls in Kenya, many of whom have been orphaned due to the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS.
At Hekima Place we meet girls where they are and provide them with the love, support and education they need to grow into independent, empowered adults who can create positive change in their communities and in the world.
“They need to be fed, and to feel safe, and to feel worth it, before they can ever dream of feeling worthy of love.” – Kate Fletcher, Founder
We have a dedicated team of staff, board members, volunteers, and other supporters that work diligently to ensure Hekima Place is thriving!
What We Do
Hekima Place nurtures and supports the children we serve, providing them with nutritious meals, education, healthcare, and loving home.
Much more than a children’s home and a school for the community, Hekima Place is a family, a community, and a beacon of hope and healing for the children of Kenya.
The girls who come to our home are among the most vulnerable children in the entire world. In the developing world, girls are already at great risk of being left behind in terms of opportunity and education; girls who have been orphaned, abandoned or abused face even more daunting challenges. At Hekima Place, we invest in the mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of all our girls, at whatever point in their lives they reach us. Our girls’ successes, despite the profound losses and hardships they have faced, are a testament to the love and care each child receives.
After our home was up and running, Kate felt called to give back more to the community and dreamed of opening a school built on love. With the support of many behind her, Hekima Hills Learning Centre opened its doors to not only the girls who reside at our home but to the surrounding communities. Both girls and boys now have access to quality, affordable education where they can expand their minds and dream of a brighter future.
We believe that every child is worthy of love, respect, and care, and we are committed to giving each child a chance not just to survive, but to thrive.
A Place of Wisdom
Hekima Place is directly inspired by our founder Kate Fletcher’s example of service, compassion, and faith. With our focus on education and learning, we strive each day to live out our name hekima, the word for “wisdom” in Kiswahili.
Hekima Place has become a constant, stable refuge and resource for our children—and we remain committed to doing all we can to give them happy, productive futures.
A Place of Hope
Our strong reputation means that our home is now almost always at or over capacity, with ongoing requests to accept more girls in need from the local District Children’s Office. Our ability to respond to these emergency situations is possible through the generosity and support of our private donors. Once we accept a girl into the Hekima Place family, we commit fully to her care and upbringing, and we strive to give her the opportunities she needs to grow and thrive.
With the recent addition of our school, Hekima Hills Learning Center, we are furthering our mission through the access of quality and loving education right next door. We aim to expand our impact to not only the girls who reside with us but to the local communities by providing access to affordable education.
My life before Hekima Place was terrible!
Because I was the oldest, I had to act like the mother… I stopped studying so that I could take care of my sisters.
Now a university student at St. Paul’s University
A Look at Hekima Place
Journey along with Kate Fletcher, scholars, and our staff to learn more about the important work Hekima Place is accomplishing in Kenya!