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The latest figures are difficult to come by but a 2012 Unicef report estimated that there were 250-300,000 homeless children in Kenya, most of them in the big cities.
According to Nairobi-based charity Kenya Children of Hope, 63% of the cities’ homeless children have been on the streets on a part- or full-time basis for up to five years, with some as young as eight years old.
The majority sniff glue, explaining it to be the only way to survive daily life on the streets. Many are abandoned, flee homes of poverty in search of employment or are kicked out of home. Join us in 2020 to help support a local project working to minister to and educate street children.
Mission with a Vision girls’ refuge
Patrick & Josephine Ngigi run this home for about 70 girls all of whom have been rescued from female genital mutilation (FGM) and/or forced early marriage. This year we are starting a three-year build to help provide more accommodation for the girls, which will also free up some of the space currently being used to house girls for a revenue-creating sewing project. The aim of this project is not only to provide an income, but also to teach skills to some of the local people (there is a correlation between poverty and the prevalence of FGM). More space will also allow the project to undertake advocacy work – something that some of the older girls who have since moved on are very interested in doing. Mission Direct are in the final year of a 3-year build program.
Sister Clemencia is a Franciscan nun who has dedicated her life to helping disabled children who are often marginalised by society. She has been given some land and has started a small mainstream school with a special needs unit attached. The disabled children board at the school and the dorms have been changed by Mission Direct from very basic (metal sheets and mud floors) to stone built accommodation. Her vision is to run a school which will meet the needs of the disabled children offering them warmth and security and a place where they can learn. We will visit the school during your trip.
At the end of the trip we have an overnight trip to the Maasai Mara game reserve where we stay in raised safari tents with comfortable twin beds and thick blankets! The tents have en-suite facilities. There will be time to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
There is also an afternoon/evening trip to Maji Moto to enjoy the Loita Plains and experience some Maasai culture.
The teams in Kenya’s Street Children have been doing an incredible job. Here are a few of the most recent stories and stats from the projects...
Dormitories for disabled children built
mattresses delivered to girl's refuge
Orientation days and reunion days are included to help you get the most from your trip.