Our objectives:

- To provide financial aid and moral support (through volunteers) to Kenyan families who live in the periphery of society, and to children living in orphanages.

- To ensure appropriate health care for the supported children.

- To educate and train members of handicapped families so that they get a better chance to find work in the labor market and to live an independent life.

- To promote African culture and the African people in Hungary.

- To establish and assist contact between Hungarian and African schools.

- The long-term objective of our foundation is to expand activities in other parts of Kenya, and to accept more volunteers to help in our activities in Hungary and Kenya.

The foundation's money is handled by the Advisory Body which is made up of 5 people. All the important decisions concerning the foundation such as finances or incoming requests are made by the advisory body.

President:
Borbély Emese

I graduated in Vienna as an economist. My favourite subject was social politics. Before the birth of my daughter I worked as an assistant lecturer in a university.
I have been working with orphans for more than 10 years. I have always been interested by the fate of those who grow up without any background. During my university years I met African nuns who told me about their work back in their home which inspired an idea that popped out of my mind that I have to go there too and help the orphans. This was the first step. Founding the Taita Foundation was the second.

Vice President:
Miklós Ákos

I am a teacher in a secondary school. I have qualifications in English and theology, two fields where I also have personal experience. I have been working with children in some ways for more than two decades. Having grown up in a normal family I have always been moved by the fate of the orphans. I got involved with the foundation through a friend and it is here where I found the most efficient way for helping those that are in a lot greater need than me.

Further members:

Manzinger Krisztián
I finished my studies as a lawyer in Szeged but now I live in Budapest. I have always been interested on the fate of the underprivileged people. When Ákos offered me to join the foundation I did not hesitate for a moment with the answer: Of course!
I hope that we are going to receive a lot of helping hands with our work and I also encourage everybody to take part in our work aiming to create a better Kenya.

Szíjjártó Zsófia
Economist, EU translator
I live in the castle district of Budapest with my husband and my three children and I would like to have many more. I like going on excursions, playing, creating, swimming and dealing with different languages. I do not like smoke of any kind. I hope that through the foundation I will be able to help others.

Závodszky Anna
I received a degree in labor consultancy and human resource management, and I'm currently working as a customer service representative. In my free time I like organizing quizzes and handicraft programs for children.
I believe that it is worth giving help to needy children abroad who live under harsh circumstances: these children should be given the same chances for a normal life as we were. It is important that we share not only our experiences, but also our abilities, knowledge and wealth with those who given less.

The Taita Foundation is founding member of the Hungarian Africa Platform Association, which is gathering the organisations operating in Africa.




Támu, támu! (Oh, so sweet.) – cried the children with plastic mugs in their hands, from which they were drinking their daily ‘grits in milk’ (or rather ‘grits in water’ due to the lack of milk). So I’ve got to know that it was one of the rare days when some sugar was added into their meal as well. It was so easy to bring some joy to the children there in Bura.

Our foundation was established in order to help Kenyan orphans who live in such circumstances. On the first sight Kenya appears to be a happy and vivid place; however a few weeks later I discovered the real face of Africa that is hidden behind the lovely smiles of the people: poverty, starvation, pain and distress.

It was a wonderful experience to spend a few months over there, full of joy, failure, happiness and sadness. As a result of the experience I recognized that we need to do something for these children, this led to the formation of the Taita Foundation.

The foundation was registered by the company court in January 2006.

‘Taita’ is the name of the province where the first orphanage subsidized by us is located. This is something like county, shire or township in Hungary. If I say in Kenya that I come from Taita, one will immediately know where it is located. Additionally, ‘Taita’ has an additional meaning in the given province, namely: father, governor. We liked this word as the meaning and sound does not appear to be strange for foreigners, but it is still something very Kenyan. Accordingly the name of our foundation became ‘Taita’.

Our objective is to help children who do not need our pity but our friendship. We do not want to bend down to them, but stand besides them as a friend who helps if required and whom they can help if required.

A number of children live in orphanage in Kenya, for whom the orphanage represents their home, their family and their school. We seek to give them a chance to get on in life. We consider our main task to help these children.

The orphanage is led by the enthusiastic Sister Willhelmina since 1975. Currently 4 civil women lend her helping hands. 2 of the women take turns at looking after the babies day and night, non stop; 1 woman is the cook, and another woman takes care of the 2 to 3-year olds, who do not attend kindergarden yet. Their strength is astonishing: besides the usual household duties (washing, cooking, looking after the sick), they also grow crops and do teaching. The fact that they are overloaded with work in a seriously unhealthy way is just natural for them. Also the land belonging to the orphanage is cultivated by men from the village.

In the orphanage in Bura none of the children are infected by HIV as the nuns try to place those in a separate orphanage that specialices in the care of HIV infected children.

The institute used to be self-sufficient from the food grown on the farm. Due to global warming over the last 10-15 years the area is experiencing drought and can no longer provide enough food for the people living in the orphanage.

The memorandum of the association can be downloaded in pdf format.
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