Transforming the lives of street boys in Naivasha, Kenya
WHY STREET BOYS?
They are driven to the street because of poverty, hunger, and abuse and neglect at home.
Street boys lack a stable home, regular food and education. They are also isolated from the community by their behaviour and often get into trouble with the police. It is common for street boys to die in fights, to be lynched by mobs if caught stealing, or to die of disease.
If you would like to help...
We provide for the immediate and long-term needs of over 140 street boys, through:
Safe shelter at the Sunshine Centre, with regular, nutritious food;
Restarting their education at an appropriate level;
Providing counselling and spiritual support;
Reconnecting them to their family (or extended family) during the school holidays;
Reconnecting them to the community through such activities as football matches against local teams;
Helping them find work when they finish their education.
Juma lived on the streets for 8 years. In 2004 he was given a place at the Sunshine Rehabilitation Centre and then started to train as a welder.
Today he runs a welding business and earns enough money to support his wife and two young children. And he has a home of his own!
The video shows how we transform street boys' lives at the Sunshine Centre
Street boy success story...
My name is Edward Makori.
My mother was very poor and couldn’t care for me so I went to live on the streets. I was bullied by older boys and became addicted to drugs. At night I slept in drains or shop verandas – it was very cold. To survive, I started to steal. It was very risky because if you were caught you could be stoned to death.
In 2004 I was offered a place at the Sunshine Centre where I was very happy to find a new home with plenty of food which I didn’t have to work or beg for. It was also a clean food not like the leftovers in the streets. There was also a good place to sleep at Sunshine: a bed with blankets unlike the cold street verandas. I could sleep well without fear.
I did well at school and went on to Masai Mara University. After I graduated, I secured a job at Eldoret Airport. I thank God for His grace and Sunshine for giving me a chance to prove myself. I also thank everyone who has partnered with Sunshine in supporting me to get where I am today. May God bless them and reward them abundantly.