Children  Kenya Project #2513

Educating street children in the Mathare slums

by Mathari's Children Fund


150 impoverished children from the Mathare slums in Kenya will be given an education, technical training, school materials, food and medical care.

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With dire poverty in the Mathare slums, few people/families can educate and provide the basic needs of their children leading to more than 260,000 children living/working in the streets of Nairobi. This project provides support, promote and secure children's rights to education, food, health and general well being in Mathare slums to over 150 children annually through empowering participatory processes and community outreach so that children may not end up on the streets or dead.


We pick the school or technical training jointly with the child. We pay for school requirements inclusive of school fees and sanitary pads for the girls. We provide medicine and food as needed. We follow up regularly with schools and give the children psycho-social support. We provide counseling to all involved stakeholders. We provide life-skills training to both guardians and the youths.

Long-Term Impact

The slum is a cycle of poverty. Street children grow up without an education and have children who then become street children. Education is the only way out of the slum, for a productive, independent life. Overall we have seen 450 young people pass through the project and currently we are educating 106 in formal schools while 48 teenage mothers are under taking courses in hairdressing and tailoring. The teenage mothers are assisted by us to start their own businesses and become self reliant.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Mathari Children's Fund website
German speaking website
M.C.F.p Face Book page
The new official page of the project

Organization Information

Mathari's Children Fund

Location: Melrose, MA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Cathal Conaty
Berlin, Germany
$93,333 raised of $149,000 goal
464 donations
$55,667 to go
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