There are more than 300,000 street children in Kenya, namely in the informal urban settlements of the big cities like Nairobi. Most of these children are orphans or were abandoned, and they live in the streets of the dangerous slums of Nairobi. These children don’t have anything, not even a paper to prove they exist… They have no address, no registered parents or family, they don’t go to school or to the doctor when they feel sick… They spend they days begging in the streets of Nairobi, stealing and sniffing glue to forget the hunger they feel… If they die or disappear, no one is going to look for them… No one is even going to notice they don’t exist anymore… Because they don’t exist, they have never existed… They are the invisible children…


   

ADDHU’s main mission in Kenya has been, since the beginning, to defend the rights of these children, giving them a voice and ensuring they are no longer invisible. In order to ensure these children have a chance in life, and access to their most basic rights, ADDHU has been conduction several programs in the slums of Nairobi, namely:

1. Wanalea Children’s Home
2. Wanalea Foster Parents Program
3. Gifts of Hope Program
4. School Feeding Program


ADDHU in the Kitui Ndogo/Majengo Slums, Nairobi

In partnership with the Kenyan NGO FOC (Foundation for Orphaned Children), ADDHU supports the children from the Kitui Ndogo slum, assisting them with food, healthcare and education.


   

Located in Nairobi, the Kitui Ndogo/Majengo slums have approximately 25,000 slum dwellers that live in conditions of extreme poverty, with less than 1 USD per day, being that more than half the population is unemployed. Around 70% of the Kitui Ndogo population is under the age of 15 and an estimated 15% is affected by HIV/AIDS, mostly women and children.




The average size of a shack is 3.5m x 3.5m. These shacks, that may house up to 8 people or more, many having to sleep on the floor, are usually made of mud and dirt, sometimes reinforced with concrete, with tin roofs and concrete or dirt floor. The monthly cost is 7-10€. Few houses have electricity, or access to canalized water. The cost of 20 liters of water is 3KES, and this water is not fit for consumption, frequently causing diseases such as typhoid or cholera. There are no basic sanitation systems, sewers or waste disposal systems. There is one “bathroom” (latrine) for the whole slum, and it costs around 25 KES, or 0,25€, to use it.

Through the Wanalea Foster Parents Program, ADDHU has managed to support 7 children who live in the slum with their families, significantly improving their life conditions. Some of these children suffer from serious health problems and one of them is HIV positive.


   

Food insecurity and hunger are the major problems pointed out by the community and by the children’s families. Most children living in this slum do not even get one meal a day and there are many cases of malnutrition. That’s why ADDHU has been implementing food aid programs that are currently helping more than 150 families living in this slum, namely a School Feeding Program as well as regular food distributions.


      

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