The Blessed Generation home was founded more than 30 years ago by an American missionary. He took responsibility over seven orphans whose mother had not survived the birth of her eighth child. The home is situated in Ruiru, about 30 km in the outskirts of Nairobi.
In 2001 the responsibility for the orphanage (where approximately 60 orphans lived) and the primary school on the compound were handed over to the Dutch teacher Ria Fennema. From then, Ria worked closely with Gladys Ogari, by then the social worker in the Ruiru-home.
The children are brought up in the tradition of this country. Hence, they learn Swahili and English too. Furthermore, the center bears a Christian signature. regular services in the church are part of the weekly routine of Blessed Generation. This offers the children an important support and a spiritual perspective in a country shaken by poverty, crime and conflicts.
An important part of the financial and material support comes from the Netherlands. It was, for example, the Dutch foundation Stichting Weeskinderen Kenia that helped to build up the water supply, the playing ground, the garage, new bathrooms and that provided the means for buying food. Additionally, the foundation paid all the costs of the primary school.
In 2005, Ria and her Kenyan staff started a second children’s centre, Blessed Generation Malindi, at the east coast of Kenya.Election riots at the beginning of 2008 left many children in Nyanza (western Kenya) orphaned and in cooperation with the authorities and Red Cross a third Blessed Generation branche opened, in Nyarima.
The children themselves preferred the name of the homes: Blessed Generation, to indicate that the orphans, who had a zoar in the NGO, were relatively lucky. Thanks to sponsors, the children were blessed to have an opportunity to go to school as means for a better future.
In a 2014-reshuffle, the Ruiru-branch was transformed into a secondary school: BG-high. The school is basically there for the best education of the children who were raised at one of the Blessed Generation-homes or are from the outreach program — but there are also vacancies for students from outside who are attracted by the good academic standards and are able to pay school fees.