- Everyone needs food.
- Many children in Kibera are at risk of malnutrition and starvation.
- The average daily wage in Kibera is just £1 and the money just doesn’t go far.
- It is not uncommon for a child in Kibera to eat just one meal each day with adults sometimes going without to ensure their children can eat.
- Inadequate nutrition in early childhood is linked to stunted growth, impaired brain development and weakened immunity.
- Hungry children can’t concentrate in school and generally achieve lower grades.
- When a family struggles to find the money for food, it is very unlikely that there is anything left to pay school fees.
- A lack of food significantly increases a child’s risk of mortality
- Chaffinch aims to provide adequate and varied nutrition for all Future Stars residents.
- We commit to providing a balanced diet for every child attending the school at Future Stars – children at high risk of malnutrition due to their home circumstances.
- Children can work harder in school.
- Absences from school due to ill health are reduced.
- A child fed at the
centreremoves pressure on the finances of other family members. So, feeding one child can mean another member of that family can afford to eat, have the strength to work and earn enough to survive.
Purchasing basic foods such as rice, beans, and flour is essential. Meat, fish, vegetables, and eggs provide additional important nutrients.
Small donations given on a regular basis make a big difference.
A hot meal can be provided for just 20p. Could you commit to 5, 10, or 100 meals for hungry children?
Alternatively, why not purchase a specific item such as a sack of flour or a packet of milk? Simply contact us for current prices.
Child sponsorship is a great way to give a regular donation and ensure that a child has what they need to succeed.
For suggestions of how you can contribute, for all budgets, visit our ‘ways to help’ page.
- Over 100,000 of Kibera’s children are orphans.
- Other children are abandoned by family due to financial difficulties.
- Some children run away from home perhaps due to abuse or family disagreements.
The ‘streets’ of the slum and the surrounding areas become home to children unable to access education and unable to feed and clothe themselves adequately.
Many become addicted to glue, alcohol, or other drugs.
Girls are vulnerable to prostitution. Some are as young as 6 or 7 years old.
Without help, most of these children will have very little hope of a positive, safe, and productive future.
Future Stars is a development and rescue centre.
It exists to help the most vulnerable children of the slum whenever such help is needed.
Some children come to live at the centre having been recently orphaned.
Some have lived on the streets for some time but are ready for a new beginning in a stable environment.
Others arrive at the centre having been referred by concerned family members or neighbours. These are children who are at risk of serious abuse or neglect.
Future Stars provides a home (and everything that goes with it) for these vulnerable children. However, the centre is not a children’s home and every attempt is made to find a family placement for each child. This can involve much effort tracing living family members who may be able to offer a home for their relative.
Some children remain at the
This does more than just ensure funds for the basics:
Sponsorship shows a child that there is someone in the world who cares about them – even if that person is thousands of miles away. It reassures them that they have value as an individual and does a lot to combat the negativity that frequently results from abuse, abandonment, or loss.
Each of these children has a story, and it’s often a distressing one. However, you could be part of their next chapter and help us to make it better than the one before.
In Kenya, “education is free”.
There are no government schools in Kibera and private schools charge fees for:
- Tuition, registration, and examinations
- Compulsory extracurricular activities
- Uniform and sports kit
- Lunch, soap, and toilet paper.
- Maintenance, building work, and general infrastructure.
- Pens, pencils, and school books.
Typical costs: 2000 shillings per month. Typical adult’s earnings: 3000-4000 shillings/month
Many children unable to attend school
Families cutting back on food, water, and fuel to fund education.
It is estimated that only 40% of Kibera’s school-age children are in school on any given day.
- Future Stars provides a completely free education
- Contributions are welcomed but no child will ever be turned away due to an inability to pay.
- Items such as pencils and exercise books are provided free of charge.
- There are no costs for exams, for registration, for food, or for tuition.
Currently, all of the teachers are volunteers, often working a second job after hours or during the night.
They receive token payments when there is something to spare and can eat free of charge at the centre.
Upon graduation from the free primary school at Future Stars, funding a secondary education gives a young person greatly improved employment prospects.
Education is the key to opportunity. It’s a ticket out of poverty.
The best way to guarantee continuing education is through Child Sponsorship.
We are able to fund the education of a sponsored child right through to high school graduation.
There are many other items needed for the free school to function, including:
- Exercise books and textbooks
- Pens, pencils, chalk, erasers, rulers etc.
- Examination papers.
We purchase within Kibera to provide income for small-scale shopkeepers, allowing donations to reach further than just the children of Future Stars
A packet of pencils = £1
A full set of exercise books = £2.50
At present, there are simply not the funds to provide any significant payment to the teachers. We would love to remedy this with your support – perhaps sponsor a teacher rather than an individual child?
What is the problem?
Taking care of vulnerable children and working to give them the best chance of a positive future requires more than just food, shelter, and education.
Imagine what you need to go about your life for a single day.
- You crawl out from under your blankets or duvet.
- You grab toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, shampoo, and soap.
- After ablutions, you open the wardrobe for a set of clean clothes.
- Before heading out of the door you need a bowl for your cereal, a plate for your toast, and a mug for your morning coffee.
- By midday you’ve acquired a headache and swallowed a couple of painkillers.
- Then perhaps it’s time to get a haircut before going to the shops to replace the shoes that are either getting too small or are developing holes that let in the mud and water.
- In your free time you might kick a football around, or read a book, or listen to music.
- Perhaps your headache has turned into something worse and you need a visit to the doctor and a prescription for more medication.
That’s a lot of ‘extras’ from clothing and toiletries to bedding and medical bills.
How do we tackle it?
Chaffinch is involved in every aspect of life for the children who use the centre. This means catering for each and every need that arises, whether expected or unexpected.
It is important that we are able to provide funds to cover emergency medical fees when a child becomes unwell. There are so many dangerous diseases endemic to Kibera that prompt treatment is vital to ensure a positive outcome.
We are also working on providing more of the things that are often taken for granted outside the slum. From building a new toilet block to buying bowls and mugs, it is important to give the children the opportunity for both a safe and a happy childhood.
It is impossible to give a list of interventions that Chaffinch provides or will provide when necessary. So ‘everything else’ really does cover everything. This aspect of our work is the most unpredictable as needs cannot always be determined in advance.
What can you do to help?
A fantastic way to help Chaffinch meet emergency needs is to react to any urgent appeals. Whether this is to make a donation, to share a post on Facebook, or to talk to friends, family, and colleagues, the faster our vital message is spread the more likely we are to be able to react quickly.
Of course, donations made at any time may well be used to finance some of these additional expenses such as the purchase of new shoes, plates, bedding etc.
Parents of growing children can also be wonderfully helpful by saving the clothes that their children outgrow but that are still in serviceable condition. Each time a trip is made from the UK to Future Stars, donated clothing forms a large part of what is transported. The children are always overjoyed to receive ‘new’ clothes and accessories.