Kibera is the largest slum in Africa, located on the outskirts of Kenya’s capital Nairobi. Heavily polluted by human waste and garbage, estimates vary, but up to one million people are believed to live crammed into an area of only 2.5 square kilometres, in wood and sheet metal shacks.
10-year-old *Gerrard is HIV positive. His father died from AIDS when he was two, and his mother, also HIV positive, is ostracised by the rest of the family. They now live in the slums of Kibera, scraping a living and unable to afford essential medical treatment.
However, when Gerrard reached school age, he was accepted into Spurgeons Academy, a school supported by Global Care. He receives a free uniform, two meals a day, and a top quality education. Free of charge. He also receives frequent help with medical care and extra feeding. School has saved his life. Read his full story…
What are the challenges?
Extreme poverty and high unemployment – most families survive through casual labour. A high risk of violence – with law and order partly maintained by gangs and vigilantes. Poor housing, poor sanitation and little access to electricity – with frequent fires from illegal electricity hacks. There are few opportunities for a quality education in Kibera.
What is Global Care doing about child poverty in Kibera?
We know that education for Kibera’s poorest children is the best way to lift them out of poverty. At the edge of Kibera, right next to the railway line which marks the outer boundary of the slum, lies Spurgeons Academy. It’s a primary school for the poorest and most vulnerable of Kibera’s citizens. And it’s much more than just a school. As well as a quality primary education, the children receive two meals a day, loving care, medical support and creative opportunities.
Spurgeons Academy provides primary schooling for over 400 children – all affected in some way by HIV/AIDS. For around ten years, from pre-kindergarden at the age of three, to their primary leaving exams, aged 13-14, students at Spurgeons receive an excellent foundation for a brighter future.
Our key focus is essential schooling, but there are also extra-curricular activities, including football, gymnastics and ballet. Some children go on to secondary education, others have an opportunity for vocational training. All students receive wrap-around care, at school and reaching out into the home and family.
What can you do to help?
Why not sponsor a child at Spurgeons? £25 a month gives a child all they need to enable them to learn and succeed – and not just for themselves. Their whole family benefits, and in turn the future of their community is transformed.
You can also partner with the school. You’ll be building into the work they are doing amongst the poorest children in Kibera.. You’ll enable them to keep delivering excellent education and welfare care in a healthy, supportive environment. Regular gifts from £18 per month give Spurgeons Academy the stability they need to continue.
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