Holiday at Shelter
School-going children in Kenya are on holiday break for most of April, which means many of our boys leave to go spend some time with their families. This is an important part of the reintegration process as we prepare the boys and their families for life at home. At Shelter, it means our schedule is a little more relaxed and the boys have a lot of time for recreation and leisure.
This month has been full of adjustments, as our new boys acclimate to life at Shelter. They have been taking on more responsibility - learning how to care for our Shelter animals, manage the farm and greenhouses, cook, clean, all while going through individual, group, and family counseling to prepare them for eventual reunification with family. We are so proud of their progress!
Our carpentry students also take a short break in April to visit family. They have been working hard and improving their skills week by week, and we are impressed with how much they've learned already. This month, they even completed a bed for one of our Shelter directors.
Alvin was a part of the 2019 rescue group from Nakuru town. He is a friendly and energetic boy, and is known for his positive attitude around Shelter. You can usually find him dancing, playing sports, or caring for the animals.
Alvin had only been on the streets a short time (around one month) before being rescued in March. According to him and his family, he began spending time with friends on the street and eventually was influenced to leave home/school and stay there full-time. Since being at Shelter, he has realized that he doesn't want to continue that life and he is anxious to return to his family and go back to school. We are confident that this will happen later this year.
One thing that stands out about Alvin is his grateful heart. Alvin sees his time at Shelter as a blessing and frequently says, "I'm so happy to be here!" We love having him as a part of our Shelter family, and we can't wait to see him succeed in the future.