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Our History

Amazing Grace Children’s Home
Founders:  The Rev. Sospeter Ogacho Abuto and Clarice
Location:  Awasi, Kenya
Land size:  7 acres
Capacity:  72 Girls in Orphanage
Age range: initially 5 years through 12 years when opened
Opened: Dec. 2005

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Amazing Grace Girls’ School
Groundbreaking: Jan. 23, 2012
New School Capacity: 270 girls when complete
New School Cost:   Main building
                                Dormitories
Facts:   9 classrooms
             Offices for principal & support staff
             Lavatories with running water
             2 large multi-purpose rooms (Library/Study/Computer)
             1 Laboratory
School Grand Opening: January 2013

Amazing Grace Safe House and Vocational Center: The Barbara Cummings Guest House

  • Purchased a partially completed building in late 2013
  • Building was originally planned to be a small hotel
  • Renovations and restructuring to have a residence and training center for older girls
  • Completed Spring 2016, open for business.

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Partnering Organizations: 
All Saints' Episcopal Church, 5001 Crestline Road, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
The Anglican Church of Kenya, Diocese of Maseno South

The inaugural years:  Bill and Yvonne Morgan, two parishioners from St. Vincent’s Episcopal Church in Bedford, Texas, met Clarice and Abuto in 1999 in the United States.  It was then that Abuto invited the Morgans to go to Kenya with him. In 2000, they did just that, taking a team of 6 to Kenya.  It was this trip which led the Morgans and others to work with Abuto and Clarice with girls orphaned by AIDS.

By 2001, a ministry was established in which Clarice and Abuto supported orphans in the homes were they lived.  Fr. Joshua Ogendi, a priest at the Cathedral in Kisumu, oversaw that early program.  Over time, it was decided that a home for the girls would be a much better approach.  The Morgans personally purchased the land in 2002 or early 2003 and held it while continuing to help the children in their current situation as funds for the Home were raised.

2004 - 5 acres of land formally acquired for the home

2005 - Construction of dormitory and admission of 16 girls, completion of water cisterns and latrines - Dec 21st Home opened

2006 - Completion of kitchen, dining hall, second cistern, 72 girls in residence, water well drilled, mission trip from All Saints', and building of a chicken coop

2007 - Installation of water pump and pipe to the well, second set of latrines, installation of stoves, and electricity

2008 - Completion of security perimeter fence, erection of water tank, 2 additional adjacent acres acquired, mission trip from All Saints, focus on program for the girls

2009 - Construction of shower block, purchase of truck, matron's house completed, mission team from All Saints'

2011 - Expansion of security fence, installation of green house for vegetables, expansion of chicken coop, mission team from All Saints'

2012 - Begin construction of High School on the property, addition of a fish pond for farming tilapia, installation of gas generator to ensure electricity.

2013 - Opening of Amazing Grace Secondary school of Awasi, purchase of 1 non-adjacent acre close to the school, purchase of partially completed guest house adjacent to the property, renovations started on guest house, mission trip from All Saints

2014 - Renovations continue on guest house, purchase of 35 seat bus, launch of 5 graduates to college

2016 - Barbara Tucker Cummings Guest House completed and open for business. 18 of our girls have graduated from High School. Of those 18, 16 girls are currently in colleges. 45 girls are now in HIgh School, 22 of whom will be graduating this December. The remaining girls are still in the primary grades.

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