Future Stars is a rescue centre, NOT a children’s home. The intention is always to provide a safe haven for those with no other safe option, but whilst always looking for a family home for each child. Whilst Future Stars can provide a happy and safe environment, it can never give the lifelong support that comes from being part of a family.
Emmanuel arrived at Future Stars in August 2018, when his home was demolished to make way for a new road. You can read the story here.
Emmanuel’s parents left Kibera for a rural village whilst they considered the future for their family and whether they could begin again in the slum. Emmanuel came to live at the centre so that he could continue his education and have some stability during this time.
The outcome for Emmanuel
Shortly after Christmas 2018, Emmanuel’s parents confirmed that they now had a new, stable home in Kibera and were able to take care of their son once again. This was an extremely happy reunion for a family whose lives changed immeasurably when the bulldozers came through just months earlier.
Emmanuel has now progressed beyond the classes offered at Future Stars and so his parents have taken the responsibility of enrolling him in a Kiberan primary school to continue his education.
Florence joined Future Stars in January 2018, shortly after the death of her mother left her orphaned. She was very withdrawn initially but quickly settled into life at the centre.
The hunt for surviving family members began, always with the hope that there would be a permanent home for Florence. Toward the end of 2018, the search was successful.
The outcome for Florence
In December 2018, Florence departed for one of the rural villages to the west of Kenya. It was here that family had been found and she was to be met by her uncle, aunt, and cousins. The plan was for her to stay with them for the festive season before making a decision as to whether she would remain or return to Future Stars.
Florence was very happy with her uncle and he agreed to give her a permanent home. He has also committed to supporting her education and Florence has already secured a place at a government school close to the village.
Goodbye and Good Luck
We’re sure you will join with us in wishing these two children all the best for the future as they continue their lives in family homes.
These happy outcomes are our hope for many more children who come to find sanctuary at the Future Stars Development and Rescue Centre. Sadly, not all of the stories have such a satisfactory ending with many remaining at the centre until adulthood and independence. However, we will continue in efforts to ensure that the childhood of every individual at the centre is as good as it can be. Efforts will always be ongoing to find family homes wherever this is possible as it is acknowledged to be the most positive influence on a child’s future.