A Conversaion with Samuel

Posted: October 2, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Please take a moment and read the following interview of one of our transformed kids. He talks of life before the streets, in the streets and how it all changed.

James:                  What is your name, age, school?

Samuel:                My name is Samuel Kamau. I am 11 years old. I school at Jagiet Academy standard four.  I live in Muslim Village, Kawangware slums, Nairobi.

James:                  Tell me about your Family?

Samuel:                Currently I live with my Grandmother. My mother died immediately I was born. I was left in the care of my grandmother who brought me up in the best way she could. Furthermore, I do not know anything about my father.

James:                  How was your early childhood like?

Samuel:                Life was hard. My grandmother was the one who was supporting me. She was weak and frail, Jobless and had no source of stable income. She struggled to provide for my needs though some days would pass without us having a meal on the table. When I was 7 years old, I joined Muslim primary school. Many at times I would go on an empty stomach and this made it difficult for me to concentrate on my studies. I also lacked many basic requirements forcing me to be on and off in school.

Samwel Kamau Before and After

James:                  That must have been hard for you. Were these the main reasons why you opted to go to the streets?

Samuel:                Basically yes. As I grew, life became even more difficult. My grandmother became older and weaker.  Affording the basic needs became even difficult. I couldn’t continue with my education and had to drop out of school.  I became desperate as the situations were not getting better.  I couldn’t take it anymore so I decided to go to the streets. I hoped life would be a little better.

James:                  So, life on the streets! How was it for you?

Samuel:                At first I met other kids who were welcoming and showed me how to survive. We would collect scrap metals and plastic and sell it in-order to by some food and drugs.  The money wasn’t enough so we had to borrow money or food from people. Some people would chase us away or beat us. They would see us as troublesome and associate us with thieves. Huffing drugs like glue and thinner was the only source of my happiness. The drugs would make my anguish bearable and give me some sense of illusionary joy. I also learned bad behaviors like cruelty and violence in order to cope, but still life was  unbearable.It was a chain of violence and brutality from everywhere, the big boys, the police and some citizens. Our future wasn’t a bright one: I had lost all hopes of a better day to come.

James:                  How did you come to know FIKISHA?

Samuel:                I was invited by my friend who was a fellow street boy to one of FIKISHA’s Tuesday program. We played games and we were taught a lot of things. Later one teacher came to me while we were eating and we talked a lot. I told him my story. He encouraged me and told me not to stop coming to the programs. I was happy to become part of their daily attendees.

One day they asked me if I would like to go back to school. I was happy to say yes.

Now my life has changed a lot. I am not taking any drugs, and am in school. I am now studying hard to become a responsible citizen and help those who are in need.

Just like Samuel, there are many kids on the streets who needs to be rescued. They have dreams and ambitions in life. Though their hope of a better life has been shattered…, their dreams killed…, their future has become bleak…  Join FIKISHA as we restore their hope and create an enabling environment where they will share tools to enable them reach God’s purpose.


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