About two years ago Loving by Giving was contacted for help by Harvest of Hope in Kenya. This organisation rescues children from some of the worst slums in Nairobi and aims to give them renewed hope for the future. Unfortunately, these children have been exposed to terrible circumstances, like extreme poverty, human trafficking, drug addiction and HIV/AIDS. As a result, all of them have been either abandoned, abused or orphaned. Harvest of Hopes mission is to help these children by offering them a safe place to stay, while providing them with an education that would empower them to break the cycle of poverty in their lives.
One of the places where these children get a second chance in life, is the Mount Olives Education Centre. This is a High School in the Busia District of Kenya where young people are accommodated in dormitories and where they can eventually achieve the Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE). Unfortunately, this school do not receive any state funding, and they survive solely on donations. Although they have many urgent needs, like textbooks, lab equipment and maize flour to feed the pupils, their biggest immediate need, is accommodation. Currently, they have about 100 boys who are being housed in some of the termite infested classrooms in the school. Although, this is not ideal, it is still better than the alternative of going back to the slums and possibly ending up in a life of crime, addiction or extreme poverty. However, this could be prevented from happening.
We have an opportunity to make a radical and positive difference to these childrens lives, and countless others after them, by building a dormitory where they could be safely accommodated while receiving an education. To build a dormitory for 100 children, will cost approximately £20,000. This building would enable these young people to stay on at the school and have the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty they are trapped in.
Therefore, Loving by Givings vision for 2020 is to raise £20,000 to give hundreds of children a home and an education.
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