Gatanga District

Lifeline to Happiness Y3

Lifeline to Happiness Y3

The Opportunity

Gatanga Furaha Community Based Organization (GFCC) was established to try and address the needs of orphans living in the Gatanga District of Nairobi, Kenya. Furaha means “happiness” in Swahili, and the goal of the organization is to provide the 22 children living there with the opportunity to be happy children. GFCC provides these youth with a loving environment, improved diet, clothing, access to health care, and an education. In addition to having their basic needs met, children at GFCC, many of whom have witnessed their parents die from AIDS and have suffered the hardships of severe poverty, are able to receive psychosocial support from a qualified social worker and loving care from the GFCC house-parents. Though providing critical lifesaving support, the orphanage is a simple home and lacks consistent electricity and running water. Supporting GFCC will enable these 22 children to thrive and have the opportunity to grow-up to become productive members of their community.

The Plan

Our grant will provide: • Providing 22 orphans to attend school and have their basic needs met • Securing rent and preventing eviction of the children and staff at GFCC • Installing a water tank and allowing children to have access to water on the premises • Securing school fees, uniforms, supplies, and tutoring for the children

The Reason

As a result of the AIDS epidemic, over 43% of Kenya’s population is under the age of 15. There are over one million orphans, and the number is growing at an alarming rate. Human Rights Watch Group estimates that there are up to 600,000 street children in Kenya, most of them orphaned by AIDS. Without assistance, these children have no access to adequate nutrition, health care, and an education. The government is unable to meet this growing need and many children are forced to beg, scavenge for food, or participate in criminal activities or prostitution in order to survive. Through our collaboration, the GO Community can help GFCC address the needs of orphans in Gatanga, ensuring that they have everything they need to break the cycle of poverty and not return to a life on the streets.