Operation Saidia Watoto’s mission is to support Kenyan orphans through the provision of food, clothing, education, medical attention, housing, and most importantly, love. Mother Teresa was once quoted as saying “Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand”.
Operation Saidia Watoto INC. (‘Saidia Watoto’ is Swahili for Help The Children) was established in July 2008 as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, charitable organization. We are currently located in Powder Springs, GA, U.S.A. Operation Saidia Watoto’s focus is to provide education, food, clothing, personal care items and medical supplies to orphans and other disadvantaged children in different parts of Kenya
John Crispus Njuguna Ndungu is the founder of Operation Saidia Watoto. John Cris has spent a better part of his life with poor children that are faced with hopelessness, sorrow, food and energy, insecurity and a lack of guardianship. He was born into poverty and his parents could not afford basic needs like food, clothing and shelter. But by the grace of God, and with the help of his parents’ friends and church members, John Cris is now in a position to help the poor. “My life has given me the inspiration not to look for a hero beyond myself but within myself with the aim of alleviating poverty”, says our Founder. He was also inspired by his parents who since he can remember, have always taken it upon themselves to take care of family members, friends and strangers in their home, and even put them through schooling.
Hence, he began Operation Saidia Watoto. Much of the drive to form Operation Saidia Watoto is summarized in a quote by Garrison Keillor an American author, which says: “Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted”.
Our focus is to help Orphans and other disadvantaged children in often forgotten rural areas in Kenya. Our initial focus has been children that reside in the Nakuru – Subukia region in the Rift valley where our founder’s mother was born and raised. This region was heavily affected and still recuperating from the post-election violence of the 2007 Kenya general elections.