March 10, 2014 at 11:46am
Come along with me on a short journey that will hopefully peak your imagination as I share a little about how your support is not only changing but it is saving lives in Nairobi, Kenya!
Hello friends, I am Lori Fulcer, President of Int’l Children’s Fund. I hear often from people that they wish they could go along on a mission trip and provide comfort to people in need. It is my hope that the short story you read here will give you some insight as to how your support is making a world of difference! Please read on to hear more about what life is like in Nairobi, Kenya.
“Gate of Hope Academy” Kibera Slum, Nairobi, Kenya. As we shared with you in the past, our partner, Pastor Peter Kiio, established the "Gate of Hope Academy" amid the squalor of the Kibera Slum. What is it like to live in Kibera? There are no title deeds, no sewage, no water, no roads, no government schools and hospitals and no services of any kind. Most houses here are wooden shacks with a mud floor and a tin roof - no toilets or running water.
The only available schools have been started by organizations like ours and it is a Godsend for families to be able to have their child attend in hopes that they may receive a meal to help them through their day.
The schools in the slum usually have mud/dirt floors, mud walls and old school wooden pews. Classrooms are the size of our living room and have as many as 60 children attending. Often times, the students attend without books, pens, pencils or other educational materials.
One of our goals is to invest in the skills of the youth. In Sub-Saharan Africa, over 56 million people aged 15 to 24 have not even completed primary school and need alternative pathways to acquire basic skills for employment and prosperity. This is equivalent to one in three of the region’s youth population. Girls are the ones that struggle the most. One of the main reasons for the low enrollment of girls in secondary education is the persistent high level of poverty. Most families are unable to cover the cost of their children’s education. Furthermore, families tend to give priority to boys' education when faced with financial constraints.
The inhabitants of Kibera live on less than a dollar a day. Often they do not have enough money to pay school fees or buy food and medicine. Fifty-Four percent of people living in Kenya slums such as Kibera are either HIV positive or have AIDS. Reports have shown that the HIV/Aids prevalence rate in Kibera is almost double the national rate.
Friends, because of your continued support, we are able to send funds to help support these children and keep this school up and running. In this unlikely location, a ray of hope is glimmering! Praise God!
Together, we can do so much! Please take time to browse our entire website to learn more about projects like the school in Kenya. Please become a “fan” of ours on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and help spread the good news about our mission.