Thanks to the support of the GO community, we were able to assist Kawangware Vision Center (KVC) so that they can continue to aide children living in the Kawangware Slum located on the outskirts of Nairobi. KVC was founded by former street children in 2001 to help vulnerable youth learn a trade which could provide them with the means to take care of themselves and their families. KVC developed a program to produce eco-friendly, silkscreened gift bags, greeting cards, and gift wrapping paper to sell to Kenyan businesses and safari companies. The weekly profits are divided among the young participants and used to support their basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, and education. Additionally, a portion of the business, weaving banana leaf and sisal handles for the bags, is contracted out to 20 single teen mothers in the community so that they too can generate funds to support their families.
As a result of GO’s Hope in the Slum project with KVC (a grant to build a multi-purpose building to be used as a workshop to construct the gift bags and conduct trainings) unexpected costs arose which threatened to shut down the whole project. The emergency funds provided by GO were used to pay legal fees for the land purchase agreement, dues to the government officials, obtain city council approvals for the construction, and change land designation from residential to commercial property. GO is a strong supporter of KVC and is proud to work with them to help improve the lives of street children in Nairobi.