Christmas Greetings From FIKISHATa

Take your time a letter from one of our street scholars Joseph Issah.

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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.

Pray for Josephine

Posted: September 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Making of FIKISHA

One of our FIKISHA Kids, Josephine Mbone, has lost her mom. The mother who was the sole bread winner of the Family past away yesterday morning after a long illness. Please pray for Josephine and her bother as this is a difficult time for the two kids.

We will be trying to help out Josephine and her brother. If you are able to help support them, let us know.

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Various Youths and children living on the streets come to FIKISHA KENYA on Tuesdays and Fridays. Hear they get to share experiences, are assisted to acknowledge their strengths and talents and also enlightened on some basic life skills. There is also a 12 steps recovery program and mentor-ship to those who are addicted to drugs and are willing to quit. Here boys and girls are assisted to restore to a life in which they contribute to themselves and to society. Later we prepare meals and share together with them.

FIKISHA is inviting you to be a part of this program by volunteering your time and/or contributing towards the meals.
The cost for the program is as follows:

Budget for one day’s program
Item                                      Quantity          Price(ksh)           Price( Dollars)
Maize Flour(Unga)                    4 packets               520                       6.25
Cooking Fat                             1.5 Kg                   150                       1.80
Charcoal                                  1 ½ Tins               150                       1.80
Bathing soap                          1 ½ Bars                 120                       1.40
Liquid Washing soap                  –                            32                       0.4
Vegetables                                Mix                      200                       2.40
TOTAL                                                              1172                      14.25

One Month’s Budget
Item                                      Quantity          Price(ksh)           Price( Dollars)
Maize Flour(Unga)                    3 Bundles               4680                       56.40
Cooking Fat                             10 Kg                   1500                       18.10
Charcoal                                  1 sack                  1500                       18.10
Bathing soap                          1 box (12 bars)       1440                       17.30
Liquid Washing soap                  5 Liters                   250                         3.0
Vegetables                                Mix                     2000                       24.1
TOTAL                                                               11370                      140

Annual Cost
Item                                      Quantity          Price(ksh)           Price( Dollars)
Maize Flour(Unga)                    36 Bundles              56160                       676.60
Cooking Fat                             120 Kg                   18000                       216.90
Charcoal                                  12 sack                  18000                       216.90
Bathing soap                          144 bars                   17280                       201.20
Liquid Washing soap                  60 Liters                  3000                       36.1
Vegetables                                Mix                       24000                       289.20
TOTAL                                                               136440                     1644

You can make a difference in someone’s life by being part of this program. Blessings…

Every Tuesday and Friday, we prepare lunch for the street kids/youth after having a short session with them about drug abuse and abandonment. On Sunday we prepare tea and breakfast for them after the worship service. Through your contribution you can be part of this. Share your love with the homeless children by making your contribution during this FIKISHA Sunday.

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