Makindu Childrens Center, Makindu, Kenya, Africa, January 2009

On the main road between Nairobiand the port city of Mombasa, is the town of Makindu – population 15,000. The economy relies on scarcely more than business from trucksferrying goods toand from the port.Makindu is hot, flat, and exceptionally arid.Seasonal rains, meager in the best of times,have failed completely this year.Crops planted last October, wither in the red soil.Corn should be shoulder high, but stands barely half a meter.Too dry to flower, it won’t produce food this season.

Homestead in Makindu, Kenya. Corn Planted in October Withers in Field.

Homestead in Makindu, Kenya. Corn Planted in October Withers in Field.

AIDS and other diseases have taken a toll on the local population, leaving behind hundreds of orphaned children – some taken in by relatives or friends, some left to fend for themselves.Eleven years ago the Makindu Children’s Center (MCC) was founded to provide food, health care and other support to these children.Today the center assists over400 orphans, and indirectly helps hundreds more.

Graduate from Makindu Childrens Center with New Born Child

Graduate from Makindu Childrens Center with New Born Child

Guardian of Twin Girls Served by Makindu Childrens Center

Guardian of Twin Girls Served by Makindu Childrens Center

I arrived in Makindu on the afternoon of January 4th.For the next 3 days I’ll be photographing and reporting on the work of MCC.After that it’s on to Rwanda for three weeks.The following photos are from an afternoon walk in the area of the center.

All photography copyright 2009 Adam Bacher.  Absolutely no usage permitted without prior permission.