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We received the following inspiring mail from Alyssa Magnusson one of the Co-Founder and Creative Director of FIKISHA, and thought of sharing it with you.
So much of what we do as Christians, and coincidently, FIKISHA workers is to share hope with others. No matter what state we are in, or how much money or food we have (or don’t have) HOPE is the one thing that we can always give. Being hopeless is a terrible feeling, devoid of joy and more importantly, devoid of God. We are working with individuals whose situation does not inspire hope. This very world, sin and evil are all working to take hope away and replace it with sadness, loneliness and a lack of purpose. In helping others, and ourselves, we must be sure to focus our hope IN Christ, not simply having hope FOR something.  In Mark it says to always be ready to give an answer for the hope that we have- that is why it is our calling to SHARE it with everyone.
THe article I was reading was specifically about how LISTENING (and how we do it) can actually inspire hope within others. Our goal should be to listen just as Christ in us listens. To help them get to a place of disclosure and self discovery through talking, can open their soul to growing. Our work with the Miracle Boys is a challenge, but here are some tips to help be a listener that inspires each individual to find hope and grow.
First, we must be present, available and giving our full attention. But also to be truly present, each must be vulnerable. Prepared to give everything of ourselves to God’s work in the one we are listening to.
Next, we need to ask Christ to fill us with more compassion than judgement. It is important to accept each person as they are now, because we love them and know that it is more important to give them space to grow (your relationship) than to judge them and send them away.
The third tip was – Don’t just “communicate” experience a “communion”. This means truly feel what is behind the words. Have an authentic experience, not just a “mentor session.”
Last was the importance of Patience and consistency. The patience comes from a place of keeping ourselves focused on what the other person may become…how they may grow. Show them you are always going to be there, no matter how hard it is. “Stay focused on the light within, even with the most wretched and despised of humankind” This will bring about trust and, with God’s help, hope.
The writer went on to say that establishing trust, exciting them about life and who they are will infuse each person with hope..he called it “lighting others candles”. He reminded us again to learn from the “Eternal Listener”, God, who is the perfect listener and will never abandon us. The way we listen to others should give them a glimpse of how God relates to us.
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We are sad to announce the sudden death of Elvis Kabue. He was shot dead by the police yesterday at night just some few Kilometers from Kawangware.

Elvis Kabue was one of the first FIKISHA boys to be rehabilitated from the streets and reintegrated back to their family.  During his death, Elvis was waiting to receive the results of the just concluded Kenya Certificate of Primary Education. He decided to go back to school after a period of more than 9 years out of school. He struggled so much to realize his dreams and goals, and it’s with sad note that his dreams and goals were cut short by the bullets.

For the past one week, Elvis was serving the Kawangware Community at the Medical Camp which was held at Kawangware Lutheran Church from 14th – 19th November 2010. He assisted more than thousands who came at the Eye Clinic. Most of the patients were amazed to see him serving them. They couldn’t believe that a street boy could change so rapid and be so much important to the community. After the eye clinic, he received his Certificate of Appreciation from the LCMS Ablaze Kenyan Team Leader.

Moments later he went back home, and told his parents that he was going to visit his friends. We aren’t sure why he was killed or how it was done, but all that we found out from City Mortuary is that he and his two friends were shot several times by the police. We are working together with the police and the local administration to find out what happened.

May God grant their family and his FIKISHA friends’ Peace at this sad moment.

Elvis Kabue sitting third from left with other FIKISHA kids

Elvis Kabue doing what he liked best

Kawangware community and its environs is a metropolitan community where its members are low and middle-income earners. However, the bigger percentages of this population live in abject poverty; below a dollar a day for a family. This among other factors has seen the increase of street children and other vulnerable children in the society.

Various initiatives have been set up to assist the street and vulnerable children of the society which has proved to be worth the cause. However, the underlying causes (poverty and ignorance) of street children and vulnerable children still remain and the cycle continues for generations.

That is why FIKISHA seeks to address the underlying causes of poverty and not just treat the symptoms. The empowerment of the community to develop their creativity and talents into a profitable venture will make this dream come true. This being so, FIKISHA had its First Community Business Training on 30th September and 1st October 2011. The aim of the business training was to challenge and empower the community to use their creativity (talents, skills and education) while cooperating and networking with others to be self-reliant. The objectives were:

i. Empower the community members to use their skills, talents and education to become self-reliant.

ii. Reduce the poverty levels of the community members

iii. Educate the community on business matters.

iv. Create a chain of community network where members share ideas, cooperate, and assist each other to be self-reliant.

The meeting was attended by over 25 people who were FIKISHA family members, community members, mentors and bigger mentees from Kawangware community and its environs. They had the opportunity to interact, share ideas and learn ideas on how they can become self-reliant. This created awareness to the participants of their potentials and harness their skills and ideas to be more productive economically. Consequently the menace of poverty will have been tackled hence a permanent solution towards the reduction of the street and venerable children of the society who live in poor economic states.

James Muchunguzi

Summer is quickly coming to an end, but the impact which was made by FIKISHA 2011 Summer Interns is still being felt within Kawangware slum and community. They spent their time with the street boys, who are the lowest and most looked down upon individuals in Kenya.

Together with the FIKISHA mentors they served the community through clean ups and planting flowers. They also had the privilege to visit the miracle boys’ families, held mentorship trainings, conducted yoga classes, shot a video about the boys and party with the mentors on some occasions.

Asante sana Christine Gilbert, Sarah Huffman, Catherine Standridge and Kelsey Paulsen for your Internship input, Sam Bretzmann, Alyssa Magnusson and Dan Safty for your coordination and realigning the plans and goals of FIKISHA.

The following pictures summarize everything. Pictures were taken by  Sarah Jean and some of the interns.

If you are interested to be our next intern, feel free to contact FIKISHA  @ fikishakenya@live.com or fikishausa@gmail.com

Moses Aboka

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By Moses Aboka

He entered the rehabilitation room silently and took a seat at the corner. Perhaps not wanting anyone to recognize his presence, but his over sized tattered jacket drew more attention than his deep innocent eyes. He seemed not to be moved or destructed by different kinds of noises that were coming from the other miracle boys. Instead, he would sneak a look, quickly pull out his bottle of glue and sniff it, then give a fake smile maybe because of the influence of the drug or because the boys made a very funny joke.

I was surprised to learn that this 11 yrs old fugitive had escaped from home to come and search for his biological father within the slums of Kawangware. He fled from home after his step- father tried to kill him, the scars at his body clearly explaining the kind of torture that he had undergone.  But how was this small kid going to trace his real father in Mathare slum with a population of about 500000 people? How was he going to find him, while before they separated he was still a toddler? But the fact that he had escaped from home, hopping on different on buses for a distance as long as  200 kms proved how determined he was.

When I asked him if he was ready to go back home instead of sleeping in the streets, he looked down and answered in a silent tone. “It’s better if I sleep in the street with my friends than be killed at home”. When FIKISHA got a street scholarship opportunity we considered him and since then, the results have been amazing. The joy and smile have slowly been returned to his face and his performance at school is above average.

Early this month we decided to trace back his family and re-integrate them.  This was after he had been away from home for close to 5 years.  None amongst us knew the exact direction to the place. Beside, we weren’t sure if we’ll be welcomed or kicked away.  My greatest fear was whether or not their family would release him to come back and continue with school. All in all, we decided to make the trip and inform them that their son was fine.

Group of mentors trying to locate Daniels* home

During our journey, we missed the route twice. On one occasion missing the main route by more than  5 kms, but by the grace of God we arrived and her mum was shocked to see him. She couldn’t believe that his son was back. After searching for him in almost all the possible places that she could think of, she loosed hope and thought that he had died. “Although I always thought that my son had died, I kept asking God to bring Daniel* safely home.” She repeatedly said with tears dropping down her face. To our amazement her mum could tell the exact time, date, month and year that he last saw him. She spoke with joy as if it had only happened hours ago. His small sisters were not sure who he was! They kept staring at him like a stranger. Later own when his dad joined us, her mum asked him to greet her son Daniel*.  And he asked “Daniel, Daniel which Daniel?”

One by one the neighbors strolled in, creating a celebration mood within the compound. No one could believe that Daniel* was back. Besides, they could not believe how big and healthy he was. We later own had a small talk with his family and agreed on few things, one of them being that FIKISHA will continue to support him through his education, while he’ll be visiting them when school closes.

Daniels* little sisters playing in front of their door

After having a cup of tea and mandazi together, we boarded our vehicle back to Nairobi, our heart filled with great joy and peace for the great reunion.

Thank you all for your support and prayers which enabled this to succeed.

Daniel – Not his real name