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The 3rd Generation of Nasio

The Nasio Story

How it all began

In October 2000 in a small village in western Kenya, the late Irene Mudenyo found an abandoned baby in a sugarcane plantation on her farm.

Irene’s attempts to find his parents or relatives proved futile, and despite being elderly and a grandmother herself, she decided to care for the child, naming him Moses after the biblical character. Like his namesake, this Moses desperately needed someone to watch over and nurture him. Just 3 years later the first Noah’s Ark Day Care Centre was set up in a road-side kiosk by Irene’s daughter Lorna, along with other family members providing one meal a day for 15 local children.

The Nasio Trust, named after Irene’s family now runs two purpose-built day care centres. Noah’s Ark was completed in 2005 and St Irene’s opened its doors just 4 years later. Both centres provide pre-school lessons, food, medical aid and support to children and young people and their guardians.

Both Irene and Lorna both sadly passed away, but Irene’s youngest daughter Nancy, who was living in the UK visiting her mother in 2000 couldn’t help but be touched by the plight of Moses and other children like him and decided to fundraise in the UK on her return. With her husband Jonathan she founded the UK arm of the Nasio Trust and is now Director of the charity.

Nancy comments: “The amazing thing is to see something so positive that started with just one child, found in a sugar cane field”

About Our Founder – Irene Kutsushi Mudenyo

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Mama Irene Kutsushi Mudenyo was born in 1924 to Mzee Ismael Ndula Maloba and Mama Loice Nasio Ndula in Musanda. She was born in a family of six children in a humble Christian home.

She was among the first girls to join GBS (Girls Boarding School) in Butere.

She got married to the late Ex-senior chief George James Mudenyo Kadima in the year 1938. They were both blessed with thirteen (13) children; Rissy Wesonga, Melsa Osore , Hellen Nyanga, Betty Lusiola, the late Lorna Makokha, the late Taylor Lutta, Geoffrey Netya, the late Patrick Mukatia, Alice Ochieng, Joseph Mulama, Joanne Tabuke, Lilian Akenga, Nancy Hunt, Millicent Aluvale and her adopted son and daughter Moses Mudenyo and Queen Wandera respectively. Mother in-law to Peres Lutta, Beatrice Netia, the late Ruth Mulama & Bridgitte Netia.

Mama Irene was never a sickling until mid 2006 when she was diagnosed to have developed cancer of the esophagus. Since then, she had been under going treatment in various hospitals where her health deteriorated and finally succumbed to death on Sunday the 16th December 2007 at 08:45 pm. She leaves behind 80 grandchildren 52 great grand children and 122 orphans.

In 2000, just outside Mumias, a village in rural western Kenya, Irene Mudenyo found an abandoned baby in a sugarcane plantation on her farm. The baby, apparently aged 4-6 months, had been left lying in a blanket and must have been there for at least two days.

He needed immediate hospital attention, as he was in a bad way, severely dehydrated and under-nourished. African Safari ants had eaten the skin on his back, and he had suffered from exposure to the weather.

Irene tried to find the baby’s mother, and when that did not work out, she went to the police to see what could be done about getting him adopted – but they could not help. Irene had 12 children of her own, and felt that she was too old to adopt him herself, so the little boy, now named Moses for obvious reasons, went into a missionary orphanage, paid for by Irene’s daughters.

As the months went by, Irene and her family decided that Moses would be better off in a family environment, and one of her daughters paid for a carer to help Irene bring up Moses. And that is where the whole idea of a day care centre came from.

Their search for an orphanage for Moses had opened their eyes to the scale of the HIV orphan problem in western Kenya. The only question for Irene and her family was how best to provide care and education for more than just Moses. The idea of setting up an orphanage was soon rejected as being impractical and too expensive to fund, but a day care centre seemed to be a possibility.

One of Irene’s daughters, Lorna Makokha, owned a road-side kiosk which was not being used. Local fund-raising produced seed capital of £300, enough to start up, and, with Irene, Lorna and some of Lorna’s sisters funding running costs since then, the Noah’s Ark Day Care Centre came into being. Started in 2001 and located at Mumias in Western Kenya, it provided food, clothing, medical care and welfare for the children in its care.

Lorna has passed away and funding and management of the existing centre become too great a burden for the family, who do not live locally.

The NASIO Trust was then set up to enable this work to continue, to expand and to be done better. (NASIO is a Kenyan name, used in honour of Irene’s mother.) On the first day more than 60 children turned up for the fifteen places then available.

After extensive fund-raising, a new enlarged centre was built at a cost of £30,000 for the care of the children. This was officially opened in November 2005. From humble beginnings in a roadside shack, the Nasio Trust now runs two purpose-built day care centres in western Kenya – St Irene’s & Noah’s Ark. The centres work with the local communities to provide education, meals, medical care and support to children in our care.

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