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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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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

 

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

In Africa, famous people are known by the number of people who attended their funeral. If you are an influential person, then more people will attend your burial, but I was surprised during Samuel Iruris’ burial. The young and the old; females and male gathered in the chilly morning to say goodbye to him.

For the last 6 yrs that I had known him, he used to call me Sam, I tried on different occasions to remind him that my name was Moses, but he always said that it doesn’t matter. Little did we know that his real name was not Samuel Iruri but George Mwaura.  We only found about his real name when during the burial day. When he was 11 yrs old, both his parents passed away, he looked for anyone within their family to take care of him but none did. He decided to run away and changed his name, not only to make it difficult for his family to locate him, but also to erase the lineage of their family within him.

As the boys were singing and mourning, deep within me I was asking myself how many among them are concealing their identity. How many are so insecure that they can not reveal their real identity?

Some of the FIKISHA boys following keenly

Everything was conducted in a somber mood, it was so nice to see both the current and the former street boys gathering together to give Samuel or George his last respect. Since none of them is ready to die like Samuel/George, we had the best time speaking with them about alternatives ways of living a better and drug free life.

Lst gifts that they could give

After Samuel had been laid to rest, the boys  offered their gifts including necklaces and a bottle of glue.

Prayer request:

1. For the boys who are in the streets, may the Lord provide opportunity for them either to go back to school or have some income generating programs.

2. For FIKISHA mentors, we are working so much to stop the killings by the police. Please ask God to give us wisdom on how we can handle this situations.

3. Pray for the mentors to be guided towards a spiritual identity so they can be able to share joyfully about  Christ to the boys.

Here’s a video of the day’s event:

Read more on how he was murdered.

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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