Kenya Children of Hope was founded in UK in 1996 by Heddwyn & Lydiah Williams and started operating in Kenya in 1999 to address the plight of orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya. Heddwyn is Welsh having grown up in a village just outside Swansea – Clydach. He qualified as a Teacher in a college in Liverpool in 1973. Thereafter he trained in Manchester as a Chartered Accountant. Before and after qualifying he invested 8 years of his life working for a Christian relief and development organization in Sudan. There he saw for himself the tremendous burden of the poor and of children in particular.
One day, whilst visiting Nairobi, Kenya, he was in the City Centre when he saw what seemed to be a bundle of rags on the pavement. As he got closer he realized that this was a small child. Yet everyone was passing by. At the time he didn’t know what to do, but he vowed that he would be back and would devote his life to rescue such children from this terrible state and see them grow in a secure place, which he believes is in a stable family environment.
Lydiah is Kenyan and the couple met in the mid 80’s in Deliverance Church, Eastleigh, Nairobi. They married there in 1986 and to date have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. They were based in Kenya from 1998 to 2011 during which they built the Tumaini kwa watoto Team before having to return back to Swansea in April 2011 because of the needs of Heddwyn’s mother who was 91 at the the time and the needs of their own children. They realise that in taking care of vulnerable children, they cannot neglect their own family.
Heddwyn and Lydiah are based in their home in Swansea and their current role is raising awareness and resources for the Team in Kenya.