The Children and Youth Empowerment Centre, like the rest of the world, is facing both a health and an economic crisis. The shuttering of the Kenyan economy dried up their local sources of support and resulted in most of their ‘graduates’ losing their jobs. Rather than turn inward and ‘pull up the drawbridge,’ the CYEC has responded by reaching out to the community and taking in more children in need. They have received more than 30 additional young people, and they continue to provide medical care to the local community.
As noted by Paul Maina, founder of the CYEC, “Refusing to accept the children would signal withdrawal from the community’s struggle; it would be a succumbing to fear, understandable though this may be. Accepting the children at such a time signals commitment to the future of the community. It is an act of faith in times to come. As with any act of faith, there is not much for reassurance about the future. It is the commitment itself, and the will to succeed that comes from such commitment, that is the reassurance.”
Please join in this commitment to our shared future by supporting the work of the CYEC as you are able.
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