Hungry, hopeless, helpless and rejected by society are thousands of street children who live a very miserable life.
Tsunami Market in Nairobi’s Ngara area has a slum that is home to over 600 street children. The street children, who call it “the base” sleep on the hard floor, close to the rubbish dump where they scavenge for scraps to make some profit, but at least the place is safe from outside. Most of these children struggle to collect leftover food from bins, beg on the streets, and just survive a day at a time.
When people see some of these kids, they ignore them because they usually look unkempt, sniffing glue and dirty hence making it easy for them to be mistreated.
The fact is some children are pushed onto the street following the death of parents, sometimes due to HIV/AIDS, running away from violence at home or simply because their families are too poor to look after them.
COVID 19 has made the situation even worse. “We have been sleeping hungry because the rubbish bins have become empty,” says Janet, a young mother. This followed the directive by the Government to close eateries and hotels to curb the spread of the deadly virus. “When we are sick, nobody bothers about us. We ache in pain praying we do not lose life.” Adds another.
This environment is even more challenging for young girls and women on the street as they are exposed to a myriad of issues including early pregnancy, rape, drugs, and lack of necessities like sanitary towels.
BSK has partnered with Love of Christ Foundation to feed these children daily during this COVID 19 period. For the last month, we have managed to provide one meal daily for 60 children, though the need is huge.
Through one of the BSK Programmes, we have taken a step further to show them the Jesus film so that they may know that true love and hope comes from Christ. It is our hope that they will also be engaged in Trauma Healing sessions to help them overcome and recover from the stress they have faced.
“It has been an enthralling fulfilling season to venture into lives of street children and give them hope. Never in my dreams had I thought I would interact with them. The feeding, interactive sessions and sharing the Word through Jesus Film has opened my eyes to see that a small act of love can open opportunities to be a blessing to the world. That is what Jesus would do. Transformation then is inevitable.” Susan Ndiang’ui Programme Coordinator
This initiative is in line with the Society’s mission of available Scriptures in affordable and innovative formats for holistic transformation of people’s lives.
We desire to see that these children’s lives will be transformed as they interact with Scriptures. That they will reunite with their families, and that their standards of living will improve. This is a journey that will take time, but we believe that a small act of kindness always goes a long way to change a person’s life.
We thank our friends and partners who have generously given towards this initiative and continue to give, your sacrifice is not in vain. May the Lord richly bless you.