Every day kids in Kenya are abandoned, abused, or orphaned because of poverty, disease, or death of family.
The CDC estimates 50% of all Kenyan children experience physical, emotional, or sexual violence. Abuse and abandonment are multifaceted issues in Kenya, with common causes stemming from severe poverty, intergenerational trauma, mental illness, and cultural stigmas surrounding children with disabilities or born from incest. For example, twins and children born with disabilities are considered a curse and are discarded.
As a result, it is estimated there are more than 3.6 million Kenyan children under the age of 18 have been orphaned or are vulnerable.
Some kids are left alone to starve, living in squalor because nobody can afford to feed them, leaving them critically malnourished. Others were found by neighbors after being dumped in outdoor latrines, barely alive. These children have no hope for a future unless someone intervenes. That’s why we exist.