ChildHope UK - children's charity

Helping street girls in Kenya back into education

To support girls to move away from a life on the streets and working on rubbish dumps into quality education and safer living environments. They face a daily struggle for survival, are exposed to abuse and unable to go to school. This project will give them access to the opportunities they deserve.

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It ran from 3:37 PM, 15 October 2013 to 4:13 PM, 15 October 2013

Registered Charity in England and Wales (328434)

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Disaster ReliefDisaster Relief
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy

    Helping

Location

  • It can be dangerous on the dumpsite, but I have no choice I have to work here for my family to survive.

    — Winnie, aged 10

  • With the training and loan I have started a salon. My children are in school. The future is bright.

    — Agnes, mother

  • Without the project I'd still be on the dumpsite. I left the centre 3 yrs ago. Now my mum is working. I've stayed in school and am getting good grades

    — Moreen, aged 13

  • With the training and loan I have started a salon. My children are in school. The future is bright.

    — Agnes, mother

  • It can be dangerous on the dumpsite, but I have no choice I have to work here for my family to survive.

    — Winnie, aged 10

  • Without the project I'd still be on the dumpsite. I left the centre 3 yrs ago. Now my mum is working. I've stayed in school and am getting good grades

    — Moreen, aged 13

Situation

Despite economic progress, 46% of Kenyans live in poverty. In Nairobi alone, over 2 million people live in slums with limited access to basic necessities. It is estimated that there are 66,000 children living and working on the streets, often living without adult care. Here they face a daily struggle for survival and are highly vulnerable to exploitation.Many don't have the chance to attend school instead they are forced to search on dumps for waste to recycle to earn enough to survive.

Solution

Working with our local partner, Pendekezo Letu, the project will support 100 street girls aged 5-12 to access education and build a future away from the streets. Enrolled in a 10 month residential programme the girls will access intensive counseling, life skills training, family mediation and education in a caring environment a world away from the streets. After the programme, they will be helped to enrol in formal education, along with their siblings, and be reunited safely with family.