Sheikh Zayed Children Welfare Centre

Sheikh Zayed Orphanage Mombasa

To provide assistance to the less privileged orphan children within our community at a cost that is realistic and sustainable.

To be a centre of Academic Excellence.

The Centre will aim to care for children who can be moulded into productive / useful members of the community who would otherwise due to lack of financial / parental assistance be unable to realize their potential.

In our quest to care for the orphans, our core values are guided by the following objectives.

To provide shelter and clothing for under privileged orphan children of both sexes who will at the time of admission be between 3 to 5 years old.
To cater for the children’s health needs and provide adequate and balanced diet during the period they are at the Centre.
To provide a model Centre of excellence at Nursery, Primary and Madrassa education level.
To mould the children into respectable, useful and productive members of the society.
To equip the children with skills that will enable them to be self-reliant.
To offer tuition fees to the orphans who have qualified for secondary school and university education.
To create for the children of the Centre an ideal environment that will help them develop physically, mentally, socially and morally.
To inculcate proper attitudes through guidance and counselling.
To provide to the children alternative mothers who would demonstrate love, affection and care.

NB: Admission of orphans to the centre is dictated by availability of spaces and subject to the approval of the board of governors. The orphanage is under the administration of the centre’s director.

The orphanage was founded by The Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates in 1999. It was officially opened on 10th May same year by the late Honourable Shariff Nassir, former Member of Parliament for Mvita Constituency.

The orphanage unlocked its doors on May 10th 1999 with a dedicated staff of 18 and a first batch of 14 orphans – 9 boys and 5 girls.

Our loving House Mothers, who are also skilled teachers, provide individual care and guidance for groups of 12 orphans residing in each of the 19 villas at the Centre. We carefully vet potential intakes based on need and available resources, prioritizing children who have lost one or both parents and face extreme hardship. Acceptance requires official documentation, including death certificates for deceased parents and identity cards for guardians.

We welcome children between the ages of 6 and 8 and offer full sponsorships that cover education from primary level through their highest achievable degree. However, sponsorship may be subject to review for those who underperform academically.

Beyond education, our orphanage fosters a strong sense of family and community. During school breaks, guardians are encouraged to reunite with their children, strengthening their bond and ensuring a sense of connection beyond the orphanage walls.