Smile foundation Kenya made tremendous efforts in engaging more than 50 People living in the Streets. We visited Street boys in Nairobi, Kenya on a weekly basis.
The purpose of the visit was to establish contact with the group, Offer counselling, Mentorship, Conflict Resolution, Capacity building, economic empowerment through establishing micro business managed by people living in the streets such as; car wash, tree nursery, Motorcycle carries/ taxi and a Kitchen garden in which they produced vegetables for sale to the community, residence and business owners.
The year was a great success for Smile Foundation Kenya. We managed to host more than 10 events with the homeless; 2 birthdays with the homeless, 5 holidays with the homeless, cycling event with the homeless, Easter with the homeless, Soccer tournament with the homeless among others. The activities were supported by friends who gave sacrificially both finances and in-kind. We reached out to more than 500 people living in the streets, both boys and girls, men, women and children.
Smile Foundation Kenya pioneered a program for street children in Nairobi, Kenya. The program involved, meeting more than 20 street Children. Daily engagement in the program included; Soccer training, counselling, basic education and skills, attend and treating the street children’s wounds/ first aid and feeding them nutritious foods. The program's duration was 6 months, from the month of February to the month of July. In August 2015, we started a soccer team "super eagles" made up of 33 streets connected children with the aims of instilling discipline, making personal follow up on the kids school and family, keeping the kids off drugs and the streets.
A great year it was. We were privilaged to host several volunteers (including a local soccer team) who engaged our program beneficiaries in fun and life changing activities.
We successfully engaged 15 street connected children to a Sunday Program “Apreciar Mentorship Program”. Apreciar Mentorship Program is believed to bring about a breakthrough in child development for posterity, which will go a long way in transforming the current and upcoming generation. The program objectives were met, and there was a notable change in the kids’ character and school performance. It was through coordinated efforts from our well able team who ensured successful implementation and the smooth running of the program which has surely resulted in positive transformation of the young children’s lives.