Future Stars Development and Rescue Centre

Future Stars Development and Rescue Centre was founded in 2008 by Peres Agai Anyango better known as ‘Mama Aggy’.

Originally named ‘The Good Samaritan Centre’ it all began when Mama Aggy took two young orphans into her home. From there, it grew into the Development and Rescue Centre (registered as a community project with the Kenyan authorities) that it was when Chaffinch Founder, Sarah, came across it in 2013 (read that story here).

Today, the centre’s reach has grown even further and its work has impacted dozens of families and over 300 children. With a primary school, a residential facility, and a feeding programme, the centre can make a difference to many aspects of a child’s life. It has become a place of sanctuary and opportunity for some of the most vulnerable children of the slum.

Where is Future Stars?

The centre sits towards the south-west edge of Kibera, close to the Southern Nairobi Bypass.
The land slopes steeply downwards to the river below. This river can be almost non-existent during the dry season, and can turn into a dangerous raging torrent when the rains come.
The arrow on the image below indicates the approximate location of Future Stars.
Original map courtesy of the Map Kibera Trust

Providing Education

Future Stars now operates a free school from nursery through to class 6.
Whilst contributions are welcomed, there is no obligation for any child’s family to pay for their education. School books, pencils, and tuition are all provided free of charge.
The free school currently relies upon volunteer teachers, many of whom work a second job after hours in order to support themselves in Kibera.
It can be difficult for the centre to provide everything needed for effective teaching – such as up-to-date textbooks and sufficient quantities of paper and pencils. This is something that Chaffinch is committed to assisting with.
It is hoped that an extra class can be added each year, as happened at the beginning of 2017, until the centre boasts a full primary school to class 8 and can offer the examinations needed for a child to gain their primary leaving certificate and have the opportunity to enter high school. At present, children in higher classes must attend one of the other, fee-paying, schools within the slum.

A Rescue Centre

The centre takes in orphans, abandoned children (those whose parents either can’t or won’t look after them) and also children at risk of abuse or neglect.
Yet Future Stars is NOT an orphanage in the usual sense of the word. It is a ‘rescue centre’. Upon notification of an orphan in need, or a struggling family, or a vulnerable street child, an assessment is carried out and the child may come to live at Future Stars. However, this isn’t the end. Huge efforts are made to find a true home for each of the children. The staff scour Kenya for living relatives who are willing to give the child a home. On finding such people, another assessment is carried out to determine if the family have the means to support the child with adequate nutrition and a consistent education. If these criteria are met, the child will leave Future Stars to live with their family members. Kenya is a large country and it can take a lot of time, money, and effort, to reunite families, but this process gives the children the best prospects for the future.
Obviously, there will be children who remain at Future Stars until they reach adulthood and we are committed to providing the best environment possible and a successful transition to independence. Yet such a centre can never offer the lifetime support that is available within a family, so it is important to explore the possibility of a family home for each child, wherever this is an option.

With Lots of Love

One thing Future Stars is not short of is love. These children are cared for. Mama Aggy and her teachers are passionate about what they do and they provide the best they can with what they have. Look at the photographs across our website and our social media. The smiles on the children’s faces speak of their resilience. After all, they are children. They may have very little but they still play, they still laugh, and they have a passion for life and for learning. Future Stars is giving these children a chance but they need your help if they are to succeed.

Growing Food

Thanks to the location of the centre, there is an area of adjacent land too steep for construction. This is used by the centre for the growing of food.
Fruit trees are grown with great success, providing mangoes, bananas, and papaya to supplement then children’s diet. Ground crops are harder to sustain due to the difficulties of the climate. During the dry seasons, the ground becomes hard, dry, and cracked. The plants struggle to grow. For those that survive, a second danger comes with the rains. As large volumes of water fall from the sky, they descend quickly down the steep slope of the Future Stars shamba. Unable to soak into the parched earth, they easily wash away the fragile vegetation. Despite these difficulties, it is sometimes possible to harvest herbs, and vegetables such as spinach and kale.

Growing Food

Thanks to the location of the centre, there is an area of adjacent land too steep for construction. This is used by the centre for the growing of food.
Fruit trees are grown with great success, providing mangoes, bananas, and papaya to supplement then children’s diet. Ground crops are harder to sustain due to the difficulties of the climate. During the dry seasons, the ground becomes hard, dry, and cracked. The plants struggle to grow. For those that survive, a second danger comes with the rains. As large volumes of water fall from the sky, they descend quickly down the steep slope of the Future Stars shamba. Unable to soak into the parched earth, they easily wash away the fragile vegetation. Despite these difficulties, it is sometimes possible to harvest herbs, and vegetables such as spinach and kale.

With Lots of Love

One thing Future Stars is not short of is love. These children are cared for. Mama Aggy and her teachers are passionate about what they do and they provide the best they can with what they have. Look at the photographs across our website and our social media. The smiles on the children’s faces speak of their resilience. After all, they are children. They may have very little but they still play, they still laugh, and they have a passion for life and for learning. Future Stars is giving these children a chance but they need your help if they are to succeed.

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