Emmaculate “Emma” Juma
Birthday: 14th February 2003
Favourite Activity: Dancing
Dream Job: Performer
Parents: Single Mother
Background: Emmaculate was born in 2003. Emmaculate’s father died when she was very young. Her mother was extremely poor and struggled to support Emmaculate.In 2014, Emmaculate’s mother decided that she could no longer afford to live in Nairobi, andshe returned to her tribal home in a very poor rural village with no electricity or clean water supply. Emmaculate’s mother felt that the rural village was not a suitable place for her daughter and therefore decided to leave her alone in Kibera, in hope that she would have better prospects. On learning of the situation and that Emmaculate would soon become one of the many young street children, Future Stars stepped forward to offer her a home and an education. And so Emmaculate came to live at Future Stars in 2014. Emmaculate is a very loving child who consistently takes care of the younger children at the centre. She loves to dance and attends a dance academy, after school, within Kibera. She would love to perform professionally.
Christopher Ochieng Owing
Birthday: 22nd October 2003
Favourite Subject: Mathematics
Favourite Activity: Playing Football
Dream Job: Footballer
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Birthday: 29th December 2007
Favourite Subject: Science
Favourite Activity: Singing
Dream Job: Doctor
Background: Florence was orphaned in December 2017 when her mother sadly passed away. Her father had died when she was a very young child. With nobody to take care of Florence, she arrived to join the other residential children at Future Stars on January 8th 2018. Initially she was understandably very withdrawn but quickly settled and began to smile and play. She joined class 5 at the Future Stars school and we hope to continue supporting her education through the remainder of primary school and onwards to graduate high school. Efforts are being made to locate any remaining family members who may be able to offer a home to Florence. Until that point, or if the search is unsuccessful, Florence will live at Future Stars.
Birthday: 24th December 2005
Favourite Subject: Sports
Class: Form 1
Favourite Activity: Sport/Athletics
Dream Job: Unknown
Parents: Single mother
Background: Elizabeth’s father sadly passed away when Elizabeth was in class 4 of primary school. She continued to live in Kibera with her mother where she was able to progress through primary school and enjoyed her education. Her mother worked very hard to provide for Elizabeth and ensure she had enough to eat as well as that important access to education. However, with work scarce and the average wage being just £1/day, it was very difficult for Elizabeth’s mother to earn enough to maintain this provision for her daughter and also have enough to pay the rent, purchase food for herself, and cover the multitude of other expenses she encountered. Finally, at the end of 2017, she realised that her life in Kibera was now unsustainable. Like many who arrive in Kibera hoping to find a better life, Elizabeth’s mother was forced to return to a rural area of Kenya where living costs are lower than they are in the slums of Nairobi. With Elizabeth about to enter the final year of primary school, it was decided that she would remain in Kibera and come to live at Future Stars. This will enable her to complete primary school and also access a high school education.
Christine Chemto Ombui
Birthday: 8th August 2008
Favourite Subject: Mathematics
Favourite Activity: Watching Movies
Dream Job: Teacher
Background: Christine used to live with her parents in Kibera. Sadly, she lost her father to HIV/AIDS in 2010 and her mother was also discovered to be HIV+. Without the means to afford proper healthcare, Christine’s mother became very unwell.
By the age of 6, Christine found herself caring for her mother as well as completing most of the household chores. She became reliant on the feeding programme at Future Stars and an education in the free primary school. Sadly, her attendance became patchy due to exhaustion and frequent illness and, with no money for electricity or candles, Christine struggled to complete her homework.
With life at home becoming increasingly unsustainable and her mother’s health continuing to deteriorate, action was clearly needed. In January 2018, Christine moved into the centre. Her mother, in the final stages of AIDS, wished to leave Kibera for a tribal village in rural Kenya.
With treatment, Christine’s mother could have remained healthy for many years. However, in Kibera, outcomes are very different. The only consolation is that Christine will be cared for and her mother does not have to fear her daughter’s future.
Favourite Activity: Playing Sports
Background: Until July 2018, Grace lived with her grandmother in Kibera. Unfortunately, their home was on the route of a new road and therefore subject to demolition. They lost almost everything they owned and joined around 3000 made homeless in a single day. Grace’s grandmother made the difficult decision to leave Nairobi, with little hope of funding a new start within Kibera. With a lack of infrastructure and poor access to education in the villages, Grace’s grandmother arranged for her to remain in Kibera and to live with one of their former neighbours. Initially, this seemed like a good solution that allowed Grace to continue attending school. Sadly, shortly after her grandmother left Kibera, Grace’s neighbour decided that the young girl would be very useful performing the cooking, cleaning, and childcare within the home. She declared that Grace would not be returning to school. Upon hearing this news, her grandmother was very distressed. The tribal chief became involved and it was decided that Grace would move to Future Stars where she will have a safe home and join the school at the centre.
Birthday: 16th July 2007
Parents: Probably an orphan
Background: Melvin lived with her mother in Kibera. Sadly, her mother was frequently very unwell. The suspicion is that she is HIV+/suffering from AIDS. This left her unable to care for Melvin or provide her basic needs including adequate nutrition. Melvin was also unable to attend school regularly due to the need to care for her mother despite her young age.
In 2014, the difficult decision was made for Melvin to live at Future Stars. This allowed her to access a good nutrition and a reliable education. Relieved of her caring duties, she also gained the time to enjoy being a child and to build friendships with other children at the centre.
Initially, Melvin had problems with sickness due to the improvement in her diet. However, she is now doing well and enjoying a consistent education and a less stressful childhood. She has become good friends with two of the other residential children at the centre – Praxides and Emmaculate. The three can often be found dancing together or braiding hair.
The whereabouts and condition of Melvin’s mother are now unknown. It is likely that she is no longer living due to her poor health when Melvin arrived at the centre in 2007. However, it has not been possible to confirm this at present.
Geoffry Makau Paul
Birthday: 1st November 2009
Favourite Activity: Playing football
Background: Geoffry was born in a poor, rural area of Kenya. His father died due to the complications of AIDS in 2011 and his mother succumbed to the same disease three years later. Geoffry was taken to live with his widowed grandmother. The family were very poor and lived in very basic conditions.
At this time, Geoffry did not have shoes, which is a big problem in the rural areas of Kenya where ‘jiggers’ thrive. It was soon discovered that Geoffry had been affected by ‘jiggers’ (Tunga penetrans). These are parasitic fleas that burrow into the skin (in Geoffry’s case through his exposed feet). There they lay 100-200 eggs, which literally explode from the host’s skin. Geoffry was unable to walk due to the pain of the jiggers in his feet. This meant that he was unable to attend school or to play with the other children.
In 2016 Geoffry arrived at Future Stars where he received medical care. He now lives at the centre and attends school. He is very active in class and loves to play football.
Vincent Austine Ochieng
Birthday: 20th September 2000
Class: Form 4
Favourite Subject: Social Studies
Favourite Activity: Playing football
Parents: Both living
Background: Vincent’s parents are both living, however they are unable to care for him. The family lived in Kibera for several years and Vincent attended one of the local primary schools. Sadly, his parents became unwell (cause unknown) and found themselves unable to work. This made it impossible for them to afford an education for Vincent, to provide enough food for the family, or to keep up with the rent on their home.
In late 2014, they made the difficult decision to leave Kibera and move back to the rural village where they were themselves born. The village lacks basic amenities and they knew that Vincent would have very little chance of completing his education or finding employment in the area. And so he came to live at Future Stars where he is guaranteed a safe home, enough to eat, and all the essentials he needs.
He started class 7 at a nearby school, having already progressed beyond the classes offered at Future Stars. Since then, he has completed primary school and moved into a Kiberan high school. His education has been a little unstable due the difficulty in paying school fees. However, he is now on track to complete the four years of high school and have a real chance for a positive transition into life as an independent adult.