Liyavo Childcare Centre provides long term residential care for formerly street-connected children and those at risk. Child Rescue Kenya works with families and local authorities to reintegrate such children back home and to secure a safe and caring future for them. Staying at Liyavo Childcare Centre extends the time we have to do this while ensuring that the children access formal education and the love and support of their peers and house staff.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Every month hundreds of children arrive in Kitale. They are lost, abandoned or runaway. With no responsible adult carer many get sucked into the street community where the toughest only, survive. Drugs, poor diet and abuse of all kinds, quickly erodes the child's health. Soon he will become just another statistic. Life expectancy on the street is just 16 years* CRK finds these children, often within hours of arriving, and offers them a 'safe haven'; a choice *Source 'The Daily Nation'
How will this project solve this problem?
Fully cared for and away from the survival pressures of street life they can evaluate their situation, seek advice, receive guidance and resolve conflicts. In many cases the children choose to return home and CRK work with the families to ensure this is successful. Disease, conflict and poverty leave some children with no functional family. Liyavo offers them a new family; security, education and hope: Responsible adult care and guidance, learning life skills nurturing abilities for the future.
Potential Long Term Impact
Once marginalized and on the road to nowhere. Children develop into caring adults with the life and academic skills to break the cycle of abject poverty and positively contribute to their society. Be voices for the new generation of destitute children, seek change and demand justice. Liyavo boasts some children in prestigious schools and universities. Liyavo graduates include Nurses, Laboratory Technicians, Matrons, Mechanics, Hairdressers, Electricians and Carpenters: Viable Futures!
Total Funding Received to Date: $10,209
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $36,091
Total Funding Goal: $46,300