In 2005, Marnix Huis in ’t Veld and Maureen Kromowirjo were volunteering at an orphanage in Kenya where they learned of the immense number of orphans in need of a home. One year later they started construction on what is now Macheo Children’s Centre. 56 children now call it home.
Marnix and Maureen met at de Hogeschool van Rotterdam en Omstreken while studying Human Relations Management. Unsatisfied with the work they were doing, they quit their jobs and left for Kenya with a desire to make a change in children’s lives.
It is estimated that there are over two million orphans in Kenya. Many live in appalling conditions in the slums, with grandparents or extended family members that cannot take care of them. In bad health, without secure family situations and no education, their future is bleak. Within months of arriving, Marnix and Maureen were drawing up plans for a new orphanage. Today, the Children’s Home is bustling with the movement of 56 healthy children and teenagers.
Macheo’s reach goes beyond the children’s home. They have many programs that help the community surrounding them. The Primary and Secondary School Programs, Health Program, and Family Empowerment Program. Macheo also employs over 100 people.
Macheo is supported by the Macheo Nederland Foundation and Macheo US.
Marnix Huis in ’t Veld is the Managing Director of Macheo in Kenya. After several years working in Kenya, co-founder, Maureen Kromowirjo, returned to the Netherlands and is on the Board of the Macheo Nederland foundation.