The King of the Jungle sat and yawned for us for five minutes during our Vacation Camp excursion to Nairobi National Park. Silence in the van was resounding in awe of his majesty.
Kids learn to scare away a potential attacker during self-defense class.
Right, Sandra, a Swedish student who is helping us, teaches Brenda how to make a bracelet during vacation camp.
Steve, 20, who we are helping run a small business and finish high school, opened his first bank account with substantial savings from his business. He and his sister, Emily, had to drop out of school when their parents abandoned them in the slum a few years ago. At that time, Emily, 15, began selling herself. We also have been sending Emily to high school since last year.
In April, we selected five new families to help, in addition to our existing families. They are shown below.
This photo shows Risper, 25, with her three girls. After her husband died in a construction accident recently, Risper had to sell herself to feed the children. The girls had to stop school and were in danger of being molested. We will send the girls to school and have already found a job for Risper!
Margret, 42, turned to a desperate means to feed her five children, after her husband abandoned the family a year ago. Her oldest, Carolyne, 17 (not in photo), and Mercy, 14, are highly vulnerable to sexual assault in the slum. Mercy is suffering from spina bifida and lacks strength to fight off attacks. We will help Margret start a business and send the two oldest girls to school. Margret will provide for the boys.
Before we met Scola, she was selling herself out of local bars, which is one of the few options for young, unmarried women in Kenya. A few years ago, she had quit selling herself to work as a live-in maid, only to be raped by the husband. So she returned to the bars. We will help her start a small business and send her son to school.
Catherine’s father died when she was in primary school, and, when her mom remarried, the new husband molested her and her sisters. Unfortunately, Catherine’s mom refused to believe them and cast them out of the house. To survive as a young teen, Catherine began finding men in clubs, who paid for her company. Now with three boys from those encounters, she has been longing to leave that life. We will pay for her to be trained as a beautician and send her two oldest to school.
Born into a family of four, Carolyne was forced to drop out of school due to a lack of school fees. She began working as a live-in maid but soon came under the influence of a madam, who sold her. She said, “I have been doing this to bring up my daughter and to pay my bills.” It’s a fact of life for many in Kenya. For Carolyne, we will pay for her to be trained as a beautician and send Shantele to school.
Please enjoy a few more safari photos
Momma Maggie with our cubs on Safari.