Lewisham District has been working with the Kenyan NGO Harambee for Kenya since 2008. Harambee for Kenya is also a registered charity in the UK.
Harambee is Swahili for “all pull together”. Thousands of children live on the streets after being orphaned by diseases like AIDS or because their parents are abusive or unable to care for them. Street children are vulnerable. They have no identity and often have to scavenge through rubbish tips for food. .
Since 1998, the founders of this charity have worked closely with Kenyan adults who have been supporting these young people in caring for their needs. This is not easy as many of the adults are living on the bread line themselves and have their own families to support.
They now have two safe houses. One in Kisii and one in Meru. They ensure that each project is working well, with the right support, before moving on to others. These young people have been let down by adults all too often. Harambee for Kenya is not prepared to do them the same injustice.
In 2009, we assisted with the construction of the safe house in Kisii and in 2012 we undertook lots of activities with the Kisii street kids to give them a fantastic ‘summer holiday.’
In 2016, it is our intention to turn the Meru street kids into scouts, just as we did in Kisii in 2009. We will then take the Meru scouts and the Kisii scouts on a scout camp, before heading on to Kisii to undertake some more physical improvements to their safe house.