In Kenya an estimated 250,000 to 300,000 children live on the streets, with 60,000 in Nairobi alone. The majority of these children are male, urban migrants between the ages of 6 and 15, most of whom have very little education, no source of income, and reside with families who cannot safely care for them. To survive, these children scavenge for food, sell scraps, beg, steal and work at menial jobs when available.
The Ukweli Home of Hope, operated by the Little Sisters of St.Francis of Assisi, offers an alternative to living on the streets for some of these boys. I visted Uweli in 2016 and 2018 and can personally testify to the vital services the Sisters offer to the children. The home provides a safe and loving environment, emotional support, and education for the boys to help them develop and grow. The goal is to eventually return the boys to their families. Ukweli has already managed to rehabilitate, formally educate and reunite 169 boys with their families.
The Piggery project: With help from many people, in 2018/19 funds were raised to build a piggery to provide a source of income from the sale of pigs for the Home, help the boys learn how to raise pigs for income and provide a source of protein for the children. The project has been a success. In 2019 eight pigs were sold and the high demand for pork meat suggests a bright future for the project. However, there is one problem. Five pigs were stolen because the piggery is not protected by a wall.
The Go Fund Me Project: Build a brick perimeter wall around the boys' residence and the piggery for safety and security. The wall will provide safety for the boys and protect the piggery project ensuring its successs for years to come.