Picking up the pieces
Following the demolition of hundreds of homes in Kibera, residents are doing their best to pick up the pieces and put their lives back together. For many, this means completely starting again with little more than when they arrived in Nairobi seeking a better life.
Many of the displaced have sought shelter with friends and family within Kibera. Others are already rebuilding, squeezing new homes above and between existing dwellings. Empty land, where children played, is being turned into residential space for those anxious to continue their lives in Kibera.
Not everyone could stay
You might think that life in Kibera, a slum, is cheap. But everything is relative and this is Nairobi – a capital city. For some, the costs of starting over in Kibera, and the logistics of doing so, are problems that can’t currently be resolved.
There are many displaced residents who have chosen to leave Kibera and move to the rural areas of Kenya where living costs are lower. Of course, infrastructure and opportunities can be severely lacking but at least there’s a chance to find shelter, food, and security.
Respite for Emmanuel
Emmanuel lived with his parents in the area of Kibera that was flattened by the construction crews.
With no means of continuing to support themselves in Nairobi, the decision was made to join those leaving for rural areas. However, with Emmanuel doing well in school at Future Stars, his parents were reluctant to remove him to a village where he would be unlikely to have access to education. At 13-years-old, he is at an important stage of his life where a period out of school would likely mean he would never return.
The decision was made that Emmanuel would come to live at Future Stars, where he will be safe and can continue his education uninterrupted. It is hoped that his parents will return to Kibera when their situation improves and Emmanuel will return to live with them whilst remaining in school at the centre.
Despite a lack of regular work in Kibera, his parents made every effort to fund Emmanuel’s education in addition to providing the necessities of life. However, when finances became critical, Emmanuel was admitted to the free primary school at Future Stars in order to ensure he could complete his education without his parents needing to suffer to keep him in school. He joined class 4 following the school break of Easter 2017.
Three new boys
Emmanuel joins Shadrack and Obed (twins also displaced by the recent demolition) as the three most recent additions to the residential part of Future Stars Development Centre.
Each of these three boys is looking for a sponsor to support them through this difficult time and give them hope of a better future. Teenage boys are not always the easiest to find sponsors for. However, it’s boys like these who are extremely vulnerable with so many temptations around them including drugs, crime, and gangs. By keeping them in school and safe at Future Stars, they have a real chance of escaping poverty.