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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. 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’s attempts to find his parents or relatives proved futile, and since Irene had 12 children of her own, and felt that she was too old to adopt him, the little boy, who they named Moses, 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. That is where the whole idea of a day care centre came from.

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 has provided food, clothing, medical care and welfare for the children in its care. On the first day more than 60 children turned up for the fifteen places then available.

The Nasio Trust, named after Irene’s family now runs two purpose-built day care centres. After extensive fund-raising, a new enlarged Noah’s Ark centre was built at a cost of £30,000 for the care of the children, and was completed in 2005. 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


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.

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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