Projects

The Beginning

The genesis of Milele the musical group was undoubtedly egotistical. Milele was making music for its sake without any viable direction or outcome.The band had forgotten about the Parable of the Talents which speaks on the reality that it is not just what you have in your hand that is important but rather, what you do with what you are holding. Milele had been given the means. What then could be a just, transformational end? It is with these thoughts in mind that Milele transformed into an organization whose function was to be a vehicle for greater good.

Africa in general, Kenya in particular has been crippled by HIV and AIDS. The statistics are staggering and the situation seems to be getting worse. The ones that suffer the most are the children whose parents have died of this deadly disease. James 1:27 says that "Religion that is pure and faultless in the sight of God is this: to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."

When the desire to do something tangible for humanity was placed in Milele, it was evident that it had to be something relating to the global AIDS crisis that is decimating our people. And where better to start than Milele's country of origin, Kenya.

Milele Family Homes


Milele as a musical group and humanitarian organization has embarked upon the Milele Family Homes Project in light of the vast number of children who have been and continue to become deserted by the loss of their parents. This exciting project has given us an avenue to resource all the active, resourceful, influential and informed people we have interacted with over the years through or music and our travel. The way we have chosen to channel our energies and utilize our contacts, has been to rally people together around the cause and bring awareness, prayer and support around our project in order to ensure its success.

What is the Milele Family Homes Project?

The philosophy behind the Milele Family Homes Project is to bring together people to create families during a time when the family unit is under threat. There are a large proportion of children who have no love, parental guidance or support and therefore face a future filled with obstacles. It is our aim to dispel the stigmatization of institutionalized care of orphaned children by promoting this holistic approach.

The Milele Family Homes Project aims to unite orphaned children with adoptive parents. These newly formed families will be given residential homes to live in which will be located in average, safe and pleasant neighborhoods where children who would have normally been living and struggling in the depths of poverty and isolation will be able to lead regular lives, interact with other children, be valued and invested in as integral assets for the future.

The Milele Family Homes Project is a new movement in the realm of foster care in Kenya which we aim will grow to benefit other African nations who are facing the same challenges. Our goal is to produce a generation of families that would have otherwise not existed and a generation of leaders who have not been stolen by AIDS. By beginning with a small number of families, we will create models to demonstrate how simple it can be to bridge the gap between stable families and orphans through bringing these communities together under one roof. As this movement grows, it is our prayer that it would generate more high-quality foster care programs.

Facts and Figures – what is the need?

AIDS has continued to escalate the level of poverty by ensuring the demise of the productive generation, leaving behind young children or elderly people who cannot provide for even their most basic needs. The statistics are staggering:

  • Nairobi has 3 million inhabitants
  • 55% of Nairobi inhabitants are below the poverty level
  • 65% of Nairobi lives in slums
  • 70% of Kenyans are under 30 years old
  • 2.7 Million people are HIV positive, from a population of 30 Million
  • 700 Kenyans die every day from AIDS-related causes
  • Over 3 million children in Kenya have been orphaned by AIDS
AIDS has killed more than the equivalent of the entire city of Nairobi in only a decade.

The Parents

We recognize that foster care is a new and radical concept for most families. We recognize that families will be unlikely to make immediate lifetime commitments to a child. Therefore, we have partnered with Homeless Children International – Kenya who have a short-term foster care program for their youth. Through HCI-Kenya’s leadership program, we will be able to place children in foster homes for a period of a month over the school holidays. Families will have the opportunity to seek this trial period of foster care to evaluate their level of commitment.

We have partnered with Oasis Counseling Center in Nairobi, the local branch of Oasis Africa who will assist us in screening candidates who are nominating themselves to be prospective adoptive parents. A rigorous and extensive screening process will be conducted to ensure that we give responsibility to those who are able and dedicated. Oasis Africa will also provide training seminars regarding parenting and child development to chosen candidates.

The Houses

In collaboration with Infeneon Holdings, we are excited to be able to use a new technology that enables the building of an average family home within 15 days. This panel technology involves paneling with pre-set plumbing and electricity being filled with a quick drying building material known as Moladi Chem. The panels are then removed within 10 hours to reveal the structure of a home. This will enable us to provide homes with the requirement of less time and less money.

The Children

We have partnered with Shepherd Homes in Nairobi. They currently house approximately 42 children and have a backlog of 300 children on their waiting list. They will assist us in finding and placing children according to their level of need. As we expand our outreach we will be able to assist increasing numbers of children.

The Cost

To fully finance a Milele Family Home, a sum of approximately $ 25,000.00 is required. This involves the building of a new three-bedroom home, the basic furnishings and supplies of the home and the parental screening process. We aim to open the first Milele Family Home in December. With progress made, we aim to provide a way in which these families can exist and be self-sustaining.

Partnerships and self-sustainability

Each family that comes together under one roof to exist and thrive as a unit will need a means of longevity and renewed strength. We will be ensuring that an individual home will be partnered with an organization, church or individual who after assessing the skills and capabilities of the families will provide means of support to ensure the well being and financial security of the family.

It is our intention to be linked with any single Milele Family home for a period of four years in which time we would have established an income generating venture that allows the family to stand independently. This will allow us to focus on increasing our outreach to new homes and new families.

How can I help?
There are several different ways of getting involved with the Milele Family Homes Project

  1. The first and most important is prayer. We recognize that prayer is the single most important thing you can do to help us and that your support and warmth in this way will assist us in gathering strength to achieve our goals.
  2. Secondly, you can partner with us financially. The assistance you offer has helped us achieve great things in the past and has gone a long way in ensuring life-long hope in the lives of those who would have otherwise been in need and despair.
    Milele is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. You may give through either a one time gift or by becoming a monthly donor (contact us).
    We appeal to you for support and assistance. It is empowering that we find ourselves immersed in blessings and we are able to lend a hand. There is no better time to take action than now.
  3. Thirdly, you may help us by promoting the Milele Family Homes Project by spreading the word to other ministries, churches, companies and organizations. We can make visits and possibly create mutually beneficial partnerships.
  4. Lastly, you may support us by coming with us on a mission trip to Kenya. We are in the process of planning our next trip. For more information about this contact info@milele.com or call us at: 626.488.6406

 



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:


Just how bad is the international AIDS Crisis?
AIDS is the biggest public health problem the world has ever faced. It has already surpassed the bubonic plague, which wiped out twenty-five million people - one quarter of Europe's population at the time. An estimated three million peole die each year from AIDS, a death toll that has been compared to twenty fully loaded 747s crashing every single day for a year.
      AIDS has now spread to every country in the world. In most cases, the rate of infection and death is increasing rapidly. Although the highest number of infected people live in Africa, countries in Asia are showing a rapid rate of growth. Reported AIDS cases are rising so swiftly in China and India that they could eventually eclipse the numbers in Africa.
      AIDS typically infects people in the prime of life, depriving children of their parents, and communities of their most productive workers. In some countries more than one-third of the population is infected, effectively wiping out an entire generation.
      Since many people are HIV positive for years without showing symptoms, no one really knows the magnitude of the problem. Most people in poorer countries are never tested, and many that die of AIDS-related infections are officially listed as succumbing to tuberculosis or malaria in order to keep their families from being stigmatized.
      Most estimates show the rate of infections and death growing at a high rate at least until 2010, even with aggressive worldwide interventions. Experts from various disciplines agree that the problems associated with AIDS will dominate the entire twenty-first century.

Excerpt from "The skeptics guide to the Global AIDS Crisis" by Dale Hanson Bourke

Websites with more information on AIDS:

AVERT                     DATA                             UNAIDS
UNICEF                    WHO                              World Bank
World Vision             NIH                                 CDC

Why don't you partner with other organizations that are doing something with AIDS awareness or prevention or even orphanages?
We are actually doing that at the moment working with over nine different organizations most of whom have something to do with AIDS. The other thing is AIDS is such a major crisis that there isn't one organization that can do it all. All of us have to do something no matter how small or little.

Why don't you get a big house and put more than five kids, isn't your end result to help as many kids as possible?
One of the biggest problems of AIDS orphanages is the fact that they are institutionalized. We would like to try and give these kids a normal way of growing up and that is why we want to buy homes in normal and regular communities where these kids will have other friends and just hang out with other kids.

Will the kids go to school?
We are in partnership with Dayspring Junior Academy which is a Christian, private school where the kids will attend.

How do you determine what kids to take and where do you find them?
In partnering with Dayspring Junior Academy, Oasis Africa and The Shepherd's Home, we will be able to identify the kids that have the greatest needs and those are the ones we will start out with. Of course the more homes that we have the more kids we can take in.

How can I partner with Milele?

Here are ways to help.

For more questions on AIDS in Africa or the Milele Children's Homes please email your questions to info@milele.com or call us at 626.488.6406.


 

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