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 we first visited the Kibera slum in Kenya, we were stunned. More than 1.5 million people are crowded into less than one square mile. 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, I.N. Network runs a free children's program open to any child who wants to attend. Each child receives a nutritious meal - the only healthy food many of the children receive. They also find a safe place where they can experience the loving care of I.N. Network volunteers and learn about the God who cherishes them.
It is a sad fact that many of the children in the Kibera child sponsorship program don't get enough to eat at home.
With that in mind, International Needs Kenya makes it a priority to provide families with some monthly food staples that help them to make ends meet. While this is an added cost for the program, above and beyond what is usually provided in a sponsorships, the extreme poverty of these children and their families cannot be ignored.
Will you help to provide poverty-stricken families with these desperately needed basic food essentials?
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