Kenya is often known for its stunning landscapes, diverse terrain, and fascinating wildlife. Yet, despite the beauty, there are whole host of underlying issues that adversely affect its citizens. Systemic problems such as high crime rates due to unemployment, lack of access to clean water and adequate social services makes the poor living conditions difficult to overcome. Kenya continues to be one of the most HIV affected countries in the world, with 1.6 million people currently affected by the disease and 62,000 new cases being reported in 2016. With as many as 36,000 AIDS related deaths, many children are left without family. Unfortunately, due to the stigma that surrounds these deaths, extended family are reluctant to care for these children because of fear that they might bring the disease into their homes.
The Kibera slum is the largest slum in Africa with over a quarter of Nairobi residents living there. With an estimated 60% of Nairobi’s population occupying only 6% of the land, living conditions are poor and unsanitary. There are a whole host of issues that affect the people living in the slum, including extreme poverty, substance abuse and addiction, disease and crime. There is no access to clean water, systems for sanitation, or services like healthcare or schools. This is because the land technically belongs to the government, and most of the people living there are unlawful tenants. Children who have been orphaned or abandoned in Kenya face many dangers, and rely on children’s homes like Agape Hope to provide immediate relief from the harsh realities they would otherwise face.
Wings of Compassion is a rescue home for teenage girls who are orphaned or extremely vulnerable. The home takes in pregnant girls who are typically between the ages of 11 to 15 years old. These young mothers typically come out of broken family units and have experienced absolute poverty, sexual abuse, exploitation, early sexual relationships, drug abuse and prostitution. These experiences have eroded their self-confidence and left them with a feeling of hopelessness. Wings of Compassion has an objective is to bring hope back into the lives of these mothers by offering them a safe home, food, clothing, counseling and parenting skills classes. Furthermore, this home encourages these girls to pursue an education and supports them from primary school all the way to college and vocational school. Wings of Compassion believes that through their services, these mothers will be empowered to become self-reliant and to provide their children with a bright future. At present, the home has supported 35 mothers who have successfully transitioned out of the home and are now completely self-reliant.
Serving Orphans Worldwide travels to every orphanage we partner with to ensure needs are legitimate and 100% of funds distributed goes to the livelihood of the children.