The Kids Kingdom Orphanage





History Logs

Project Description

Country: Mexico

Location: Ensenada

Total Budget: $8,000

Areas of Focus: Water, sanitation and hygiene, Maternal and child health, Community economic development

Activity Type: Community Development: Construction/Renovation

Summary: Renovation and safety improvements of Kitchen in Kids Kingdom Orphanage near Ensenada, Mexico

The Kids Kingdom (El Reino De Los Niños) is an independent orphanage which is home to 35 children in Maneadero, near Ensenada in Baja California, Mexico. The Kids Kingdom was founded in 1989 by Tomas and Maricela Shockey who to this day continue to live at and dedicate their lives to this orphanage. The Kids Kingdom's mission is to meet the physical, emotional, relational, educational, and spiritual needs of the children that come to the orphanage from backgrounds of abandonment, neglect and abuse. The Kids Kingdom's desire is to see the children mature into responsible adults whose impact on society will be positive and lasting.

The kitchen for the orphanage turns out three meals a day, 7 days a week for at least 40 people. The kitchen was built in 1984 and has not been renovated. It is dilapidated and insufficient to meet the daily demands of the orphanage. Numerous materials are deteriorating, creating unsanitary conditions. Several kitchen components are not built to current code which are pose potentially dangerous conditions.

The directors of the orphanage have meet with a general contractor and come up with a list of items that require current attention. These items, in order of priority are as follows:

1) New tile floor (including 2 floor drains and re-plumbing)

2) New stainless steel food serving countertop (70"x 30")

3) New cabinet drawers (32"H) possibly stainless and stainless steel countertop (41"W x 25"D)

4) New Exhaust Fan for range hood and grease collector (to meet code requirements)

5) Install new sink plumbing including sink faucet with spray head.

6) Refurbish existing upper and lower cabinets

7) Install a roll up Overhead Counter Door for the food serving counter top (to meet code requirements)

8) Push bar for double kitchen entrance doors (to meet code requirements)

9) Rebuild kitchen dining room double doors to open out with push bar (to meet code requirements)

10) Electric work including relocating light switches (Code requirements)

11) Pantry floor tile

12) Remodel food pantry storage cabinets

13) Refurbish Kitchen work table cabinet unit

14) Purchase and install new commercial duel tank deep fryer.

The finances of The Kids Kingdom are overseen by Friends of the Kids Kingdom, a US 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible as provided by the Internal Revenue code and applicable regulations. All funds for this project will go through the Friends of Kids Kingdom.

Depending on the situation with Covid-19, Rancho Santa Fe Rotarians hope to travel to Kids Kingdom to help with painting and other small renovation projects that don't require a special skill.

Kids Kingdom understands that they may not be able to obtain all necessary funding to provide for all items on the above list. They will adjust the project to fit within the funding provided. Rancho Santa Fe Rotary is hoping to partner with other clubs in our district to meet the total funding requirements for this kitchen renovation.

The timeline for the project is estimated at 6 months from receipt of funding.

Project Contact Person

District: 5340

Rotary Club of: Rancho Santa Fe

Primary Contact: Judy Rowles

Email: tisirowles@cox.net

Project Status

This project is "Reported". This means that a report has been forwarded for review to the district leadership. This report is now being reviewed by the district leadership for approval. Once the report is accepted, the status of the project will be changed to "Completed".

Project listed for the 2020-21 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Rancho Santa Fe (5340)









Project Supporting Documents

Project Photos

History Log Entries


by Judy Rowles

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Judy Rowles

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".


by Judy Rowles

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Judy Rowles

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Judy Rowles

System Entry: Project signed by Judy Rowles.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Robin Chappelow.


by Elana Levens-Craig

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by James Morrison

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.


by Judy Rowles

System Entry: Final Report signed by Judy Rowles.


by Judy Rowles

When we originally applied for the grant, we pledged $8000 and were going to raise the additional $1000 from our members. However, one of our members was able to secure an additional $5000 donation to help complete the kitchen remodel and also allow for renovation of the dining room. Therefore, the amount granted directly from Rotary totaled $7000, not $8000. We have also uploaded a Letter of Explanation to this effect in the Documents.


by Robin Chappelow

System Entry: Final Report signed by Robin Chappelow.

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