HURUMA began in 1998 in a section of Mathare Valley, one of the most desperate slum areas in the eastern quadrant of Nairobi, Kenya. At the time, there were 10,000 street children living in Nairobi, many of them AIDS orphans, with only a single, 500 bed orphanage for refuge.
Unable to bear the sight of despair in the children's eyes having himself been an orphan, HURUMA Founder and Director Aloys Kamwithi enlisted the help of his family for help. Together, he and his family rescued 3 partially orphaned sisters who were living in the trash.
For two years, Kamwithi and his family cared for the children while their mother returned to her rural village to re-establish herself. Once able, she was reunited with her children where they remain under her care today. Without HURUMA's intervention, the two oldest daughters would have been resigned to a life of prostitution—a death sentence in a country rampant by AIDS.
The organization continued to grow in the years that followed, thanks to added financial support from individuals and churches in the United States. Four boys were brought into the home about a year after its opening, followed by a young girl the year after. All but one child remain in HURUMA's care today.
In 2008, Kamwithi received an unexpected call from the family of entrepreneur Saji Daniel in response to a story published a year earlier about HURUMA in a prominent American newspaper. Compelled by Kamwithi's story and perseverance, the Daniel's established a scholarship program in their name which provides full tuition and living assistance to 25 children at one Kenya's most prestigious boarding schools.
Today, HURUMA cares for more than 35 children in Kenya, including two university students. In 2009, the organization also began its first phase in a long-term plan to achieve quality, sustainable educational opportunities in rural Kenya by collecting books to build the first and only library in the remote village of Kathanjuri.