Imagine there’s no food on the table.
Imagine the rent is overdue.
Imagine your one container of water needs to last all week.

Living in extreme poverty is hard, often unbearably so. Finding employment is vital but, in Kibera, with a 50% unemployment rate it’s far from easy.
One potential job for a woman is as a live-in house help with responsibility for the cooking, cleaning and childcare. However, there is no accommodation for any children of the woman employed. Here, Future Stars can step in to help.

Hezron Mukoma

Hezron is 11 years old and is currently in class 6 at the Future Stars school. He joined the school back in January 2019.

Hezron’s mother found a job as a live-in house help after failing to find any other suitable employment. Sadly, this meant being separated from her son. The choice between eating and paying the rent or keeping your child with you is a choice that no mother should have to make.

Hezron will be well cared-for at Future Stars and he will maintain contact with his mother, including time away from Future Stars with her when she has time away from her job. Hezron’s mother is also contributing to her child’s care with a small sum of around £4 each month.

Cindy

Another child in the same situation as Hezron is 7-year-old Cindy. Cindy’s mother gave birth to Cindy late in life and is now of an age where finding employment is even harder than is normal within Kibera.

When Cindy’s mother found work as a live-in house help, it was with mixed feelings that she accepted the job. The work will provide essential finance, but it’s hard to be separated from a child.

Cindy will maintain contact with her mother and will, of course, be well cared-for at Future Stars.

Cindy

Another child in the same situation as Hezron is 7-year-old Cindy. Cindy’s mother gave birth to Cindy late in life and is now of an age where finding employment is even harder than is normal within Kibera.

When Cindy’s mother found work as a live-in house help, it was with mixed feelings that she accepted the job. The work will provide essential finance, but it’s hard to be separated from a child.

Cindy will maintain contact with her mother and will, of course, be well cared-for at Future Stars.

The future for Hezron and Cindy

Future Stars is not a children’s home. It is never the plan that a child should remain at the centre until adulthood, although it does happen in some cases.
For Hezron and Cindy, the future is uncertain. Maybe a mother can put enough money aside from her salary in order to create a family home again. Or perhaps another family member will come forward to provide a home.
We can’t know what the future holds. What we can do is to ensure that Cindy and Hezron have everything they need whilst they live at Future Stars.

Thanks!

Thanks!

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