Part of what I do in Kenya involves meeting with a myriad of street children. He is 16 years old from a fairly distant city where his mother and siblings live.The family is very poor. As he tells it his mother told him he was old enough now to go off and earn a living. So he came to Nakuru. He does not use glue or other drugs and would like to work. He sleeps in a small suburb in a small house that was abandoned. At 16, with jobs at a premium, he has not been able to find a job. Someone had given him some maize but he needed about 200 shilling (approximately $2.00 USD - a day's unskilled labor pay). Expanding Opportunities had his Maize meal ground so he can eat but now what for the long term? He was attending Class 7 in school. Next year he would be in the final year of primary school and complete a very important examination, the KCPE. Scores on this examination determine the number of opportunities for further education and/or employment. School is almost completed for this year.
Meeting him a second time on the streets, I was introduced to his cousin. A young man a bit older and working selling icecream. Though he cannot live with his cousin, this older relative would help him set up selling ice cream if he had a $40.00 investment for a health certificate, business license and a cooler. He would be able to make a small amount from this business and consider attending school in January. Expanding Opportunities is considering assisting this young man to establish the business and enter school in January.
This is just one story. there are many more. I do hope they give you a picture - one child at a time. .
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