Home Street Home ry is a registered NGO founded in Finland in 2014. It works to improve children’s rights and well-being in Kenya. Our main objective at HSH is to start a Rescue Center and orphanage in Kwale county, Kenya.
It all started when 19-year-old Viola travelled to Kenya as a volunteer. During her first volunteering trip, Viola worked in a slum orphanage, a home for physically disabled children, as well as in a camp of volunteers planting 900 trees in a small village. Moved by the experience, Viola – despite her young age – decided to start Home Street Home: an NGO with the sole objective of building an orphanage. Since then, HSH has evolved and grown to encompass other projects, but its basic idea remains the same.
“Projects don’t finish themselves. You can’t erect an orphanage by snapping your fingers. Building an orphanage takes work, organization, time, and more work. It means a lot of red tape and sleepless nights wondering what the next step will be. It means frustration, but also tears of joy in the face of success. Most of all, it takes a will to surpass oneself, again and again.
But then, that’s what makes it so exciting, thrilling and mind blowing.” Viola Wallenius (2015)
In 2015, following the organization’s overseas registration, Home Sweet Home began operations in Kenya. The Kenyan chapter of HSH is run by a board of three local members, and all decisions are made co-operatively to ensure that everyone’s views are taken into account.