I thank God every time I remember you. I always pray for you with joy because of your partnership…” Phil 1:4-5
Vivian is a 12-year-old girl who was scampering around the streets; dirty feet from picking up dust along unpaved streets and an empty stomach. And yet, she walks, runs and plays without a care in the world.
Vivian comes from a stable family. She does not take discipline positively and this time she was on her second week out on the streets. Her mother had shaved her hair to bring correction for keeping bad company. But neither poverty nor parent separation that bring most children to the streets could have contributed to Vivian’s disappearance from home to the streets.
We found Vivian’s family in a concrete home in the Embu County. Her parents have had their share of hardships but that hasn’t changed their belief that with a lot of hard work and opportunity, their daughter can have a better life.
“We were trying to track Vivian’s whereabouts and right now we were going to post her photos in the nearby town. This is a miracle that just happened, Vivian is found. Maybe we have been hard on her but now we will love and try another form of discipline.” Vivian’s mother promised.
We got a report a week later that Vivian has settled into her family and she is bonding with the other children in school. TKW will monitor Vivian’s progress for the next three months. Will you enable us to restore broken relationships?
10 years old, Vanessa Wanjiru has a dream of becoming a doctor yet she was on the streets begging for food and money to go back to school. No mum and no food, Vanessa and her two younger sisters have to survive while dad does casual jobs to make ends meet. Will the ends ever meet?
A timid 10-year-old Vanessa says: “We lived in Nakuru up to late last year, 2015 with our mother while my father worked in a farm in Thika. Another man often came to our home without my father’s knowledge. He would often come drunk, beat us and tell us to go find our father. One day we decided to run away until my father came back. My father came h0me as he did every month and didn’t find us at home. My parents had a heated disagreement. My father was very angry and separated with my mother. It is four months since my mother left my two younger sisters and me under the care of my father. “Vanessa’s father took charge of his family and move his three daughters from Nakuru to Thika where he works.
Vanessa was on the streets begging for food and money to supplement her father’s income as well as to pay for school requirements. It was her first day on the streets of Nairobi. A friend from the streets of Thika had brought her to beg and then go back home in the evening. We took Vanessa home to meet with her father to understand their challenges. Her father was out working, we phoned him and he shared his challenges but admitted he had no idea that his daughter was on the streets. He promised to find his daughter another school although he is financially challenged.
Vanessa concluded “My father works hard but sometimes we go to sleep without food. I pray to God that one day my mother will come back so that we can all be a family again.
Will you help me get education? I would like to become a doctor or a teacher and help other people especially children to get a better life.”
Vanessa needs– new school uniform and other basic school requirements like books. All these will cost Kshs.10,000 (£80). Will you partner with us to move forward Vanessa’s dream of becoming a doctor?
Dorcas shared with 11 year old Susan about their exciting venture. “We will leave before dawn, so dress up in a pair of trousers and put our school uniform on top so that no one gets to question us.” Dorcas shared in whispers to Susan the night before and said that she knew Nairobi well. Dorcas said she had an auntie who could host them while in the city.
Both girls come from the same area, from single parents and humble background. Dorcas in class eight wanted to explore city life and needed someone to go with her. She appears confident and managed to influence 11 year old Susan, a class four girl who is shy. “She influenced me to leave for the streets!” 11 year old Susan exclaimed. When they got to Nairobi, they couldn’t find Dorcas’ auntie. They survived for two months begging to get food, but they were still reluctant to return home for fear of being punished.
As we related with them on the streets, their hearts softened and they asked us not to leave them on the streets. “Please take us to our parents in Embu County. We know they are looking for us and they will care for us.” They said. The girls still had their books and lunch boxes as this was a plan to distract their parents.
On reaching Embu County, we found that their parents had reported of the disappearance of their children to the police station. They prayed and hoped that their children would be kept safe. The villagers streamed in to see their girls’ return. What a joy and shock that the girls would leave their safe homes and go to dangerous places unaccompanied! “I could hardly eat nor sleep. My heart was troubled that I might not see our girls again.” Dorcas mother tearfully.
Dorcas’ mother was grateful that the girls had been found by loving people. The girls asked to be forgiven by their parents. They were willing to resume school. TKW team will monitor their progress for three months and seek to restore relationships with their families and community. Your partnership is greatly appreciated.
Thanksgiving and prayers: We give thanks that these girls were removed from the streets before they got sucked to life on the streets. Pray that they will settle back home without any huge challenges. Pray that we will identify the right people to support them and their families.