In Kenya, more than 250,000 children live on the streets, of which more than 60,000 in Nairobi. In Dagoretti Corner, in the west of Nairobi, poverty lures many children into the streets. They are known as “chokoraa”; a nickname derived from “garbage eaters,” because the children – most of them boys – survive by searching for food in someone else’s garbage.
In 2016 we supported the Levozy Self Help Group in developping a policy and business plan for their small training centre in Dagoretti. Here, street children and school dropouts are offered education and health care. We also provided funds for building materials, tools and skilled workers to renovate the school.
The old rusted corrugated sheets made way for a “real” building with a foundation, roof, walls, windows and doors and school furniture. A great success in which our grant was well and carefully spent and properly accounted for by the Levozy SGH!
The results are very promising and that is why we considered appropriate to support the expansion of this small vocational training centre! We therefore would like to make extra machines and tools available so that a larger group of street children can be offered to learn a craft.