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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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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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He fought all the battles, being homeless on the streets and doing drugs at 8. But he made a decision that he believed changed his life.

I’ve seen him working so hard to change and through him I believe that change is possible.

Please take your time to watch this.

 

Street child is a term used for a homeless child residing in the streets of a city (typically in a developing country). In most of the cases they have no adult supervision or care. They are often subject to abuse, neglect, exploitation, or in extreme cases, murder by “cleanup squads” hired by local business or police. (Refer to Wikipedia).

In every developing country the rights of the children is well respected, but the same does not apply when it comes to street children. This clearly indicates how they are ignored, not only with their families, but also by the government policies.

A group of street children and youth at where they sleep and spend most of their time

The general community has the perception that street children are lazy individuals who depends on handouts. But this is not the reality as most of them stay awake at night until the streets are clear and soundless.If they are lucky to close their eyes, then their minds have to stay alert, to dodge the police who come battering at night or the older street youths who take advantage of darkness to sexually molest them.  When it rains at night they cuddle themselves together, or sleep standing with their feet soaking in the cold water.  Before they can take a nap, the sound of the hooting cars wakes them up at 4am. Soon they grab their rucksack and head to the garbage to look for something to eat or sell.

The rising sun doesn’t give them hope to realize their dreams. It only enable them to watch helplessly as other kids go to school, while their own lives erodes by every single shot of harmful drugs that are taking.

One of the mentors, with the street kids at FIKISHA during anti-drug session

At FIKISHA we are changing this. We are rehabilitating from a lifestyle of drug abuse through anti-drug education and supporting the abandonment of any harmful substance. Besides, we are reconnecting willing street children and youth with stable family members. Our core focus area is to assist towards a sustainable future by providing education opportunity.

We desire to spread love and care to as many street children as possible, but we can’t reach this goal without your support.

We are asking you to:

–          Support a street child to go back to school. (Through the Street Scholarship we have supported 19 children from streets and    back to school)

–          Support the Drug Addiction Recovery Program.

–          Support the Family Tracing and Reintegration Program.

–          Donate food, clothes, soaps and detergents.

–          Volunteer or be an Intern for as long as you desire.

–          Commit to prayer the needs of this organization and how they might be filled

For more information, please get in touch with us at fikishakenya@live.com  (Kenya) or fikishusa@gmail.com (USA)

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By Moses Aboka

 

On 12th April 2012 we and other street children actors within Dagoretti to join the rest of the world to mark International Day Street of Children at The District Commissioner Ground.  We held peaceful procession within Kawangware to inform the community about the plight and rights of the street children. The Administration Police who for the last years have been like worst enemies with the street boys worked hand in hand with us, from leading and protecting  through the procession to serving during the open event held at the District Commissioner Ground.

Thanks to the support and coordination of Maisha Poa Centre, Fida International, KITO International, Mainstream Sports Academy, Undugu Society, EARYN, KARDS, X-Change Perceptive, Mary Faith Children Centre, The Administration Police, City Council of Nairobi, Different Media Houses, former and current street youth/children who all participated.

Below are the days activities in pictures.

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More stories from the event:

Street Children: Does not Hurt to care. By Consolation in East Africa

Restoring Hope in Kawangware: X-Change perspective