Glad’s House works with children and young people from the streets and within the community of Mombasa, Kenya. They engage with these children and young people in a number of ways but use sport extensively, particularly football.
Through their various sport programmes, they offer children and young people practical and emotional support. Their coaches and social workers work together to identify those in need of this support.
Their first priority is always to try to reunite these children and young people with their families. Where this is not possible social workers and teachers work to place the children in foster homes and return them to full-time education. For those young people unable to return to full time education, Glad’s House provides training and the opportunity to join an ‘enterprise scheme’, giving these young people a skill they can take through life. They also provide supervised accommodation, as well as access to informal education.
Kenya is located at the equator on the East African coast, and borders Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania. A country of outstanding natural beauty and abundant wildlife, it remains an ever-popular destination for tourists. However, it also faces huge challenges with regards to poverty, unemployment, corruption and crime. These problems have been compounded in recent years by the situation of some of its war-torn neighbours, leaving border regions particularly vulnerable to instability.
Estimates state that there may be as many as 300,000 children living on the streets of Kenya.
Capital City: Nairobi
Population: 41.6m (2011)
Languages: Swahili, English
“This is my story, the big story of my life.” Benson, Team Kenya
Team Captain Benson has been invited to sit on the Mombasa Children’s Assembly to speak on behalf of Kenya’s Street Children. Bokey Achola, National Director of Glad’s House spoke on three radio programmes about the issue of street children in Kenya raising vital awareness in-country.
Vicky Ferguson, CEO of Glad’s House said “They learnt many valuable skills and life lessons and gained a new confidence in Rio that they took back into their lives in Kenya, which will help ensure they lead positive lives and become role models to their peers.”
NGO Muslim Hands has provided funding for Glad’s House to launch new programmes supporting street children.
A great message of support for Team Kenya, from Celtic and Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama:
“I grew up in a violent area. I witnessed as a kid a lot of crime which I could easily get into, but playing football in the streets with my friends helped me to overcome the bad temptations. I believe the Street Child World Cup can change a lot of teenagers’ lives around the world. I wish Glad’s House all the best in the competition – they deserve every bit of success in everything they do.”
Thanks Victor for your support!
Ernst and Young teamed up with Glad’s House to transform lives in Kenya.One of the world’s biggest professional services companies, Ernst and Young (EY), has teamed up with UK-based charity Glad’s House to help transform lives of street children in Kenya.
Muslim Hands are also proud supporters of Glad’s House.
If you would like to support our continued partnership of Team Kenya, please contact Karin@streetchildunited.org
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