Cura Orphanage, near Nairobi, Kenya, was founded in the early 2000s, as a result of Mrs. Evelyn Mungai’s desire to improve the lives of people in her home village.
To that end, she inspired the Nairobi Rotary, for which she was serving as President, to initiate a needs analysis which revealed that the community had been devastated by the AIDS epidemic. The Rotary Club, in consultation with Cura’s local leaders, implemented a plan to fund and build a Home for vulnerable children orphaned by the disease, and simultaneously funded and built a Clinic that would provide care not only for the Home’s children, but also for the local community.
As of 2006, Cura was struggling to support 50 orphans. Mike Eldon, Evelyn’s husband, reached out to Creative Visions Foundation, inspired by the life of his son Dan Eldon, an artist and photojournalist who had been killed in Somalia in 1993. Dan’s sister Amy, co-founder of CV, launched a fundraising campaign, and encouraged the organization to commit to helping support the Home financially. Over the years, CV has provided much-needed funds to ensure the sustainability of the Home, and Creative Visions’ volunteers have visited Cura regularly, contributing to its successes in many ways.