Thanks to your support, we welcomed 22 new boys to Shelter this month!
Life Off The Streets
Our 2019 rescue group is made up of boys from the age of 8-17, though the majority of them are between 12-14. They come from Naivasha, Nakuru, and Mai Mahiu, and their time on the street ranges from a few weeks to a few years. Each of their stories is unique and our social work team has been working closely with them to learn about their background and what drove them to the streets.
The boys are busy adjusting to their new routine and responsibilities, and for some, it can be a very difficult transition. But we are already seeing a lot of progress and motivation to return to their families/communities, and continue their education. We are so excited about what's ahead for each of them, and we look forward to updating you about their journey.
Kelvin is the youngest of our new boys, at just 8 years old. He is very bright, and he loves to dance and play practical jokes on the bigger boys.
Kelvin's mother recently remarried, and due to a difficult relationship with his new stepfather and discipline issues at school, he ran to the streets of Naivasha. We are confident that after he and his family complete the rehabilitation program, Kelvin will be able to return home and continue his education.
Did You Know?
The new boys spend their first 3 days after rescue at an orientation camp. The boys and staff head to beautiful Lake Naivasha, where we educate them on life at Shelter and many other topics related to drugs, trauma, and family reunification.
In line with our mission that "the very best place for a child is in a family," our social work team has been learning a lot about the value of reintegrating as soon as the child and family are ready, rather than doing the bulk of our reintegrations at the end of the year. In 2019, we'll be reintegrating boys throughout the year, as we assess that they and their families are ready. This should allow us to serve even more boys throughout the year, and we are so excited about all of the families who will be reunited in the months ahead.
Would you join us in helping these children get off the streets and back with their families? Your monthly donation will go a long way in helping us change the life of the more than 300,000 children living on the streets of Kenya.