Three local women determined to help the children in their community founded Saidia in 2004. Alerted by neighbors to children orphaned by AIDS and living alone or neglected by relatives, they provided them a home. Even though the children are HIV negative, they were in fragile health when they arrived at Saidia. Now with three meals a day and access to schools, they are thriving.

The 35 children living here are cared for by a housemother and supported with food and clothing by the surrounding community. They also receive financial help from friends in the U.K. and U.S. One of the U.K. donors funded a major portion of a new building into which the children recently moved. It includes dorms, a lunch room, play area and rooms for staff. The Orphan Support League is a U.S. based charity set up to specifically support the children of Saidia.