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Street Children Program


The Problem

Kawangware is one of the large urban slums on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, with more than 600,000 residents, most of them living on less than a dollar a day. Sixty-five percent of the population are children and youth. Unemployment is staggering and HIV/AIDS is rampant.

Many youth live on the streets, eating garbage, and drinking milky brown contaminated water. Hopelessness causes many youth to resort to illegal activities such as theft, drug trafficking, and prostitution.

The Program

International Needs is working hard with a small team of social workers to help street children and youth get reintegrated into communities and families. Counseling is carried out on the streets where social workers assess the children and create a rapport with them. Medical attention is given to those who need it. Drug abuse treatment is often necessary and links are created with detox programs. Youth who are able to work are encouraged to find employment or create work for themselves. Younger street children have different needs as they cannot be expected to work or care for themselves.

There is an urgent need for a drop-in centre for younger street children in Kawangware. These children are in crisis. They need food, a shower, clean clothes, medical attention, and a safe place away from the dangers of the street until they are able to return to their families or are taken into care.

The total cost of the program is $33,000.

Your Gift Makes a Big Difference!

  • Homeless children never know how they will get their next meal or where they will sleep. A Drop-in Centre will provide the stability and structure necessary to build a more positive future.
  • Homeless children are frightened and mistrustful and need to feel safe and secure. The Centre will help give them that important sense of security.
  • Lying and stealing are common survival tools on the street. Our partners teach by example that caring relationships are based on trust, respect, and honesty.
  • Young people often feel powerless to control their lives and fall into a self-defeating cycle of failure. Our partners seek to foster confidence and encourage young people to make smart choices for their lives.

“It is our hope that with counselling, skills teaching, and mentorship, street youth will be able to find or create work for themselves and lead more fulfilling lives. We want to see younger street children reintegrated into families, going to school, and leading meaningful lives. The International Needs Drop-in Centre will help us immensely to reach these goals.” Jocelyn Muraya, Director of International Needs Kenya

 





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