Fall 2017 Grant Recipient: Made in the Streets
for December 11, 2017
The UN estimates there are close to 150 million children living on the streets worldwide. Roughly 60,000 of those kids live on the streets of Nairobi, Kenya. Due to extreme poverty, abuse, neglect, and other factors, these kids find their way to the streets with only the clothes they are wearing and little hope for a future. The daily struggle to survive on the streets leads many kids to use drugs, beg, steal, and go to bed hungry and cold. Often times the streets prove to be even more dangerous than the slums, and many kids are physically and sexually abused.
The mission of Made In The Streets is to love and serve children from the streets of Nairobi, Kenya – meeting their physical, emotional & spiritual needs; loving them fully; equipping them to earn a living; and sending them out to a new life. The 3 phases in this mission include daily visits to build relationships with street kids at their “bases”; recruiting kids who are ready for a new life to join the boarding school program where they receive educational and vocational training; and sending these transformed students back into the world to be community leaders, world changers, and disciple makers.
The boarding school program of Made In The Streets is located in Kamulu (just outside the Nairobi city limits). MITS students begin in Literacy School from age 11-16 and attend classes daily in English, Swahili, math, science, computers, and Bible. They live in community with dorm parents – most of whom where former street kids themselves. Once students turn 16 and pass the KCPE (Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education), equivalent to completing 8th grade in the US, they enter the Skills Program- a vocational training where students concentrate for two years in one of four areas: Catering, Cosmetology, Auto Mechanics, or Woodworking. Upon graduation, MITS staff walk with students and assists with job placement, continued leadership development, and participation in spiritual community. The MITS boarding school program has beds for 100 students and 65% of these students are boys. MITS needs more space for girls.
In 2018 MITS desires to build a new dormitory capable of accommodating 20 new girls and 2 supervisors. This new dorm will include 10 rooms for 2 girls in each, bathrooms w/ showers, kitchen, library/lounge, and study hall. The dorm will be built next to the skills training center and provide space for older girls who currently walk over a mile from the younger girls dorm every day.