At this time of the year, when the boys who've participated in the 2011 program are beginning a new way of life, and we prepare to recruit more boys from the streets - those who are willing to change their behaviour - we thought you might like to read the stories written by two of the boys from the 2011 year. The first one is Amos Kariuki. Amos is 12 years old. He was born in one of the Mukuru slums called Ruben Village. The following is an extract from his story that he wrote in November:
"When I was in the street I was using bhang and cigarette. We were sleeping under the bridge inside the sack....we were being disturbed by the police and the city council police........"
Amos accepted the invitation of a Social Worker from the Mukuru Promotion Centre Rehabilitation Program to participate in the program, and at the end of it he wrote:
"...now my life is really changed because people who have decided to help us to know how to read and write. I can say thank you to [the Rehabilitation Centre] for changing my life totally. I pray that others will benefit [from the rehabilitation program].
Stanley Adera's story: Stanley reports that when he was on the street, and was approached by our Social Workers:
"At first I didn't trust them but I decided to wait and talk to them. Most of my friends disappeared......Six of us...accompanied the people from the rehabilitation centre.....after sometime I could wish to go back where I can make my money and sniff glue and smoke but my teachers encouraged me. All the other five boys went away but I am still here and I know how to make items from wood. I was able to be reunited with my mother after a long time. I thank God I made the right decision with the help of my teachers."
Our first report to our many very generous donors through this site brings gratitude galore for your assistance. As the end of the year draws near, the boys are preparing to leave the rehabilitation centre and rejoin their families. Many families joined the boys for a parents/guardians' day recently, and were very happy to see the progress that their boys have made. We will track the boys through next year to monitor their progress out of our care, and support them as best we can as they make this important transition in their lives. At the beginning of 2012, we will again recruit boys from the streets around, to give them the opportunity for HOPE to lead a decent way of life.
We hope that you can respond to the BONUS DAY on 19 October - when GlobalGiving will match every on-line donation (credit card or paypal) 30% up to a maximum of $1000 per donor. This is a great opportunity to raise our total funds raised to date - we might yet reach $10,000.
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