Dennis lives in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. After both parents died, Dennis and his two siblings were taken in by an aunt. With limited income, Dennis' aunt was not always able to provide food for the family. Dennis received some education from a neighbor, but was very behind other children his age. Worst of all, Dennis is HIV positive.
Everything changed when Dennis was sponsored through International Needs. Through the support of a generous sponsor, Dennis and his family now receive regular nutritious food. Dennis and his siblings attend a proper school and Dennis has access to medication to treat his HIV. Sponsorship truly saved his life and paved the way for a future.
Year Ministry Began: 2006
Executive Director: Rev. Judy Mbugua
Children are the focus of the International Needs ministry in the Kibera Slum. Home to the second largest slum in Africa, Kibera is filled with orphaned and vulnerable children. Finding food is a daily struggle for most, and access to education is nearly impossible for a child who must pay school fees and buy school supplies, including a desk, in order to enter school.
Through child sponsorships, International Needs shows love to children by providing for their daily needs and acting as advocates for them when they don't have anybody else. This access to education can mean the difference between staying in poverty for the rest of a child's life and breaking free of the cycle of poverty to live a life of dignity and purpose.
When you first visit the Kibera slum in Kenya, you are stunned. The slum, well-known as the second largest slum in the world, is crowded with people living in appalling situations because they have no other options. They have no money, no resources, no family. Food is scarce and trash is piled high. Disease is rampant. While several small schools exist in the slum, they are run by compassionate individuals who have a huge heart, but no funding. Most children do not attend school.
Every Saturday, International Needs provides a free children's program open to any child who wants to attend. What draws the children to the Saturday program? They get food to eat, where they probably wouldn't get any at home. They are loved. They get to play games and be kids. They are safe. Your gift to the Saturday Children's Program in Kibera means that kids get to go to a place where they are welcome.
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