Eldoret, Kenya (pop. 350,000), has an estimated 2,000 street youth and a rising number of child-led households due to AIDS and poverty. Child prostitution and HIV-infection follow transport routes: Eldoret is located along 2 major highways, Cairo-Capetown and Pan-Africa, so exploitation and vulnerability of youth here is especially high. We reunite these youth with local support networks, such as immediate/extended family, and work with the entire family to keep youth off the streets.
100 vulnerable youth will be reunited with their families and provided with the following services: educational support, vocational training, micro- enterprise support to sustain family livelihoods, and life skills training for all family members.
Street children and AIDS orphans will reintegrate into mainstream society. By working with the entire family unit, we avoid “institutionalizing” children; preserve important family networks for children; and stop the cycle of poverty.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).