Ndlani Project, Kenya
Street Kids Village
This award winning project is without doubt, one of the most amazing success stories for street children and orphans in Africa and home to more than 6,000 over the last 20 years.
This children’s village in Northern Kenya, rescues and rehabilitates street children and orphans from the massive Kibera slum surrounding central Nairobi, and other city slums throughout Kenya. The village is home to more than 6,000 children and youth. Some were orphaned through HIV and AIDS and others were living on the streets due to poverty or home violence, and heavily involved in crime and prostitution. Over 500 recent arrivals lost their families through the post election violence of 2007, including 90 young girls having given birth due to rape during the violence.
Street kids and orphans don’t have parents or a government to provide their education, so we are their only chance. We are working with our partner-on-the-ground to provide them with schooling and a family environment, where they can get the necessary skills to be independent and valuable contributors to their communities. This is a project that has sustainability and empowerment of the community, strategically built into it’s foundations and is one of the most outstanding project models in Africa.
The school in this project is number 22 in the Kenyan league tables and number 1 in the province. Many children have topped the nation in art, sport and academic subjects. The sports team are even representing East Africa. Many students from the program have been sponsored to attend universities in Kenya and around the world, qualifying in medical, educational, agricultural and sustainability fields. Students are also offered apprenticeships in building, organic farming, mechanics, hairdressing and tailoring. Part of the builders training is to construct new homes for the street kids and orphans. So far, Global Angels has provided funds for 3 homes to be built for over 100 children to live in. (See photos of the homes at the bottom of this page).
Others have earned EU organic farming qualifications and the apprentice farmers provide Europe with Kenyan organic french beans, grown in the green houses on site. The rich variety of vegetables and fruit are supplying 1,000 people in the community with food and is also helping to reforest Kenya with native trees, specially adapted to the climate. This year, many of these young people are waiting for scholarships to give them further education in Kenya, and micro-loans to start their first small business after gaining their apprenticeships.
Daniel Bedingfield, Molly Bedingfield and filmmaker, Rohan Tully visited the project in 2009.