Emmaculate’s father died when she was very young. Her mother was extremely poor and struggled to support Emmaculate. In 2014, she decided that she could no longer afford to live in Nairobi, and she 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 at the age of 10.
A family home
An extensive search revealed that Emmaculate had an uncle willing to take the teenager into his home. Following much discussion and assessment, it was decided that this was a perfect solution.
Emmaculate’s uncle can provide a stable home and a promise that Emmaculate will be able to complete her education. And so we wave ‘goodbye’ to the now 15-year-old Emma.
Not a children’s home
Future Stars is not an orphanage or a children’s home. It is a rescue centre – offering sanctuary to children in crisis, with nowhere else to go.
Extensive efforts are made to find family homes for the children who come to live at the centre, with many staying only a relatively short time before family are found to care for them.
You can read more about the Future Stars Development and Rescue Centre here.