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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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It’s few hours before we will be joining the rest of the world to mark International Day of Street Children. The Day is celebrated every year on 12th April. It provides a platform for millions of children around the world – and their champions – to speak out so that their rights cannot be ignored.

Luckily, the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation Channel 1 TV have joined hands with us to enable the voices of the children be heard louder together. Today they visited us to make a documentary which will culminate the main event on 12th April, please be tuned tomorrow to KBC TV 7pm and 9pm Prime News to get a glimpse of what happened during the day. The event is organized courtesy of the Street Actors within Dagoretti.

During the video shoot outs, the street children and youths pleaded relentlessly for their rights with the faith that their voices will reach the far end of the world. Here are some pictures of the making of KBC Channel 1 News

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What makes Christmas more memorable to you? Is it the snow or the Christmas corals, or an image of Santa Claus? When I was a kid I couldn’t imagine celebrating Christmas without eating some kuku (chicken) and chapatis. Then I would bounce around the neighborhood in my new clothing, with the blaring sounds of Silent Night, Jingle Bells serenading the environment.  I couldn’t understand why we had to travel far to meet with almost all my family members, but come every Christmas time I knew that mummy and daddy wanted us to meet our extended family and I loved the good times that we shared together as a family.

That will not be the case, for few kids within Kawangware slums who’ll be spending their Christmas eve on the chilly night on empty stomach, not because they want to but because they have no choice – they are abandoned, orphaned, or disowned by their parent; their homes do not or cannot provide them with basic necessities.  This is one of the hardest moments for these kids in the year. It makes their desperation and needs real. It proves to them that they are a little bit less than anybody else.

But we can make the difference and enable them realize that through Christ birth they are worth no less or no more than you and me.  On 23rd December 2011, FIKISHA we’ll be pulling a surprise party for the street children, and we need your assistance to make the day joyful and successful.

  1. Support the budget by either donating clothing or food stuff. There’s nothing as good as a warm food and clean clothes during Christmas period.
  2. Maybe you cannot provide them with accommodation but you can offer them a blanket to cover themselves on the streets. A simple blanket or sleeping bag roughly costs 1000kshs or 10 USD. Or if you are within Nairobi you can give us a call on +254-725-445-068 and we’ll come to  pick it
  3. For the kids in school, you can fund what they really need like school supplies, text books, school uniform and or support the ones who are still on the streets and want to go back to school.
  4. Why not host them for lunch or dinner? You have an option of dinning with the ones in street or the ones who are fully rehabilitated.
  5. Letter does wonders J write a letter, just to let them know how much people care for them. You can post it on our blog, on facebook or just post it to fikishakenya@live.com or fikishausa@gmail.com we’ll make sure that they have it.
  6. Yes, you can add your own ways of making Christmas memorable to this article. Or send us an email on the above addresses.

By Moses Aboka