We See Hope in Stephen
A Story from Undugu, Kenya
Stephen lives on the streets of Kibera slum, Nairobi. Before he met WeSeeHope partner, Undugu, he used to drink a lot simply to drown out the struggle, violence and abuse he faced daily.
Undugu have 30 years of street child experience and have pioneered a new method that recognises street children as part of the solution through street child associations. These associations use the natural groupings or gangs on the streets of Nairobi as a positive force for change.
Undugu provided Stephen with the opportunity to break out of these vicious cycles by giving him access to education, carpentry and entrepreneurship training. He and some other members from his Undugu street association said the training taught them valuable business skills, such as record keeping, and about the importance of saving and not to “eat all our money”.
Stephen and his association pooled some of their savings to buy pigs which they are now rearing. They are also now rescuing younger children from the streets by referring them to Undugu; Stephen’s future is brighter and he wants to help make this possible for many other vulnerable young people too.
*Name has been changed to maintain confidentiality.