Youth Development


aka Watoto World Center

Haverhill, MA


WatotoWorld, Inc. is dedicated to improving the lives of impoverished orphans in Kenya, by doing everything possible to ensure the children are given the basic human needs to survive. With love, compassion and a commitment to education and fundraising, we strive to ensure each child will be provided every opportunity to reach his and her fullest potential.

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Ms. Sheila C Issenberg

Main Address

73 Millvale Rd

Haverhill, MA 01830 USA


orphans, rescue centers, abused children





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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What we aim to solve

WatotoWorld aims to serve vulnerable orphans and children at Watoto World Center in Kiserian, Kenya. Watoto World Center is a solar operated, self sufficient property through agricultural programs, greenhouses and chicken farming on the compound. Foods we grow that are not consumed on the premises are sold at a discounted rate to residents of our village so that they, in turn, may garner a profit from sales. Watoto World Center has a Community Center on the property, not only for the benefit of our children, but for the benefit of our community at large. Here , we offer life skills programs such as computer skills, music, educational, agricultural, therapeutic and mechanical programs. Importantly, we have partnered with Lions SightFirst Eye Hospital in Nairobi and will hold a Vision, Diabetes and ENT Clinic on the premises in November 2020. Watoto World Center is the number on Children's Rescue Center in the vast West Kajiado County of Kenya.

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2015: Construction of a borehole on the premises of Watoto World Center. Clean water and increased sanitation will directly benefit the children of WWC, as well as our community. All proceeds from sales of water to the community will be returned to WWC. Water will allow WWC to expand it's garden in order to produce increased amounts of vegetables and fruits, with excess being sold to community and markets in the local town. 2016: Construction of Watoto World Center's planned Educational/Community/Medical Center. The community currently suffers from lack of educational resources, as well as medical care. WWC will offer life skills training and educational programs, through collaboration and partnership with vocational centers throughout the Nairobi area. The Medical Center will be staffed on weekends, with volunteering physicians and medical professionals from towns closest to WWC. 2017: Additional plots of land were purchased to expand our vast shamba. Drip irrigation installed. Music and Soccer Camps were brought to Kenya from the US. Electricity and Internet were installed, bringing us up to date. Agricultural expansion with the addition of chicken farming. 2018: Infrastructure improvements, children perform music and dance on for a Nairobi radio station, chicken farming tripled, utility vehicle was purchased which dramatically cut transportation costs to the Center. 2019: The Watoto World Community Center opened in May 2019. WWC is currently offering life skills and educational programs at the Center. Expansion of programs and partnerships locally continue. 2020: Partnership with Lions SightFirst Eye Hospital in Nairobi. A Vision, Diabetes and ENT Clinic will be held at Watoto World Center in November 2020. WatotoWorld, Inc. wishes to rebuild the two main buildings in order to combat the harsh environment and heavy rains that occur twice a year. This addition will free up resources to go towards the children's education and expansion of our agricultural areas.

WatotoWorld, Inc. has fundraised vigorously over the past 6 months. With contributions that are intended for match, we have succeeded in raising funds for the borehole and plots of land to increase our farming. Phase 4 is the construction of the Medical Center, in conduction with the existing Community Center, slated for mid to late 2021. Fundraising efforts are in progress for 2020 and 2021. WatotoWorld is establishing partnerships in Kenya with various American-based organizations and seeking grants from corporate sponsors. We are expanding our fundraising efforts in Kenya, with the addition of our newly hired Program and Advancement Manager.

WatotoWorld, Inc. is pursuing additional funding and doing so successfully. Our facility on the ground in Kenya, Watoto World Center, is thriving. This success locally has translated to much greater interest domestically and internationally. Crowdfunding opportunities are being taken advantage of, as are direct fundraising efforts. We feel confident, given our recent history, expansion and efforts towards continued self sustainability, that we are highly capable of success. The work is testament to this this fact. We are driven to succeed and remain today a non-profit by which 100% of all funds raised go directly to the children. All administrative costs are taken care of privately. This is a driving force in our success.

We know we are making progress, due to the continued efforts from our donors and increasing interest domestically and abroad. In two short years, we have built a rescue center, purchased a total of 2 acres and are poised to begin the construction of a much needed borehole. This borehole will serve our children as well as the surrounding community. Community interest and collaboration has improved immensely in a very short amount of time. The children are thriving, our agricultural program is expanding and we will be 100% self sustainable once our borehole is in place. Progress is tangible and very evident, not only on the surface, but deep into our community. We were voted "Home of the Year" through the Super Kids Africa competition in August 2014, after only 11 months in operation.

Accomplishments: WatotoWorld has successfully rescued 20 orphans from traumatic situations: loss of parent(s), abuse, abandonment and sex trafficking. Successfully encouraged visitation of guardians to WWC. Each of our children has risen in their perspective classes into the top ten positions since they arrived. All children are medically and nutritionally sound. All have had immunizations. WWC won Home of the Year 2014 through the Super Kids Africa Competition in 2014. Over 65 Rescue Centers competed for this honor. Agricultural projects are underway: we are currently raising chickens and rabbits for consumption and sale. Computer classes are held, with thanks to those who have donated used equipment. Children are taken on quarterly educational field trips throughout Kenya. WWC is operated on solar energy only. WWC purchased a vehicle to transport children to school, medical checkups and field trips. WWC has purchased three additional lots of land adjacent to the compound, for expansion. WatotoWorld ensures the protection of our children with around the clock security on the premises. WWC prides ourselves on complete transparency. WWC has successfully reduced governmental challenges and interference into proud working relationship. Full staff education and cooperation, due to strict home policies. Bore Hole construction complete. Seven agricultural lots, each with drip irrigation. All vegetables not consumed are sold to local markets with income coming back to WWC. Three greenhouses are on the compound, with tomatoes and onions as the cash crops being grown. WWC runs on solar power, with a back of electricity. Community Center was built in 2019. Goals: Continued expansion of the gardens for increased fruits and vegetables, with excess being sold to community and local markets. Expand our greenhouses from 3 to 5, so that we may begin fish farming and cooperative farming for our community. Expansion of Social Services into WWC for children's benefit. Construction of Educational Center by 2021 year end. Expand educational, therapeutic and technological programs throughout our community. Increase sponsorships for individual children. Increase donations of medical and necessary supplies from Global Vendors in the Nairobi region

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Diversity notes from the nonprofit WatotoWorld does not employ a staff or compensate the Board of Directors. !00% of all funds received go directly to the children of Watoto World Center in Kiserian, Kenya.