Here is the journey of The Garden of Siloam since its establishment in 2014.
We would like all of you to learn, remember, and walk with us through our milestones at The Garden of Siloam.
And above all, I hope you will remember it in your prayers.
After being involved in various activities to promote health in Kenya for 12 years since 2002, Dr. Kazuko Kumon, now the Chief Executive Officer of The Garden of Siloam, started preparation to establish a programme to provide education and comprehensive care to the children with special needs, their families, and the communities they live in. Her determination and commiment were founded on her years of experience in supporting such children.
In August 2014, she presented her plan to Koinonia Ministries, a church organization in Kenya.
In October 2014, the Operational Committee of Koinonia Ministries gave her an approval to start the programme as a part of their ministries.
Establishment of the Office and Start of the programme.
In January 2015, the office was opened in Ndenderu, Kiambu County.
In February 2015, we welcomed our first child (Samuel) and started our programme, which includes occupational/speech therapy, medical review and treatment.
In July 2015, we moved the office within Ndenderu.
In October 2015, the group therapy programme started.
In January 2016, in addition to therapy programme, we started educational activities, such as morning assembly and class activities.
In March 2016, the 1st end-of-term performance by the group therapy classes was held.
In April 2016, a five-year collaborative project with Japan Overseas Christian Medical Cooperative Service (JOCS) started.
Individualized Education Programme (IEP) was introduced.
We built an extension to the kitchen and a sandpit with support from Kurume Bible Fellowship (KBF).
In May 2016, a multipurpose room and a warehouse were built with support from The Lion Standing Against the Wind Fund Foundation.
In September 2016, we started to hold a “morning fellowship for parents”.
In March 2017, a partnership and exchange programme with L’Arche Kenya conducted.
In April 2017, Pigeon class (under 3 years of age) for group therapy was established.
In July 2017, a new logo for The Garden of Siloam was created. Basilisa, our occupational therapist, received training in Japan.
In September 2017, an electroencephalogram (EEG) test was introduced.
We visited the Animal Orphanage for our first field trip.
In November 2017, crowd-funding to purchase a vehicle was a big success.
In December 2017, a multi-purpose hall (tent) was established in the yard through crowd-funding.
In January 2018, the group therapy was moved to Tuesday and classes were regrouped into Dove class, Eagle class and Swallow class.
The Garden of Siloam was officially registered as a medical facility in Kenya.
In March 2018, second vehicle (VOXY) was purchased through crowd-funding.
In May 2018, The Garden of Siloam was officially registered as an NGO in Kenya.
In November 2018, Dr. Kazuko Kumon was awarded Social Contribution Award from the Foundation for Social Contribution.
In March 2019, crowd-funding to purchase a piece of land for the facility was a huge success.
In May 2019, we co-hosted a charity event with Cookpad Kenya.
The first “Fathers’ Day” was held.
In July 2019, Elizabeth, our special needs teacher, received training in Japan.
The first board meeting of “Siloam no Tomo no Kai (Friends of Siloam)” was held.
In October 2019, we purchased land in Kabuku (Limuru) to build a new facility.
In January 2020, ”Siloam no Tomo no Kai (Friends of Siloam)" was registered as a Specified Nonprofit Corporation in Japan.
In March 2020, due to influence of COVID-19, we needed to close the facility for a month, followed by small scale operations.