Friday, May 8, 2009
OTEPIC Visits the Street Children of Kitale, Kenya
Many bite the food, more than their mouth full.
Having refreshments and a good time with the street children.
Alice Nasambu with her three children. They are now living in the street.
Kitale's street children live in abandoned buildings, cardboard boxes, parks or on the street itself. They often are characters who pursue interesting and adventurous lives. They range in age from 5 to 17 years old and are deprived of family care and protection.
Twelve-year-old Alfred Yego works in the streets because his earnings are needed by his family to survive. Alice Nasambu is in the street with her three children because her husband died of HIV/AIDs 3 years ago.
OTEPIC aims to help the street children as it is an important and God-pleasing matter. On a recent visit we shared food and drinks and encouraged them to avoid abuse of drugs and other immoral activities. The children we met said they ended up on the streets because they had no choice. They were abandoned or orphaned, and some were thrown out of their homes. Some chose to live in the streets because of mistreatment or neglect or because their homes do not or cannot provide them with basic necessities.
Alice Nasambu asked OTEPIC to support her little children with food and education. We hope to involve them in our garden so that together we can grow food and share it. At OTEPIC we are trying to sustain ourselves in this way: “If we concentrate on giving, receiving will take care of itself.”