A street boy’s life during lockdown

When you went into COVID-19 lockdown, maybe you started fearing for your health, job security or food supply. After all, we didn’t know what it would mean for us. But you probably never once feared that you would be beaten. Or chased out of your town. Or attacked in the middle of the night while… Continue reading A street boy’s life during lockdown

New centre opens as the world shuts down

Just as our world was shutting down and closing its doors in April, a new Drop-In Centre in Kenya was doing the exact opposite. It seemed like perfect timing that a safe place of care and support was opening up to street boys at a time when they would become even more isolated than usual.… Continue reading New centre opens as the world shuts down

The face I will never forget

My journey to Africa was one I’ll never forget. I saw Africa in all its beauty, but also its immense poverty. There are many people who will stay with me forever, but I can’t seem to get the face of a woman called Prossie out of my mind. By Milton Young We came across her… Continue reading The face I will never forget

When a bike changes a life…

Earning $5 a day might not seem like a lot to us, but for George, it’s enough to radically change his life. His father left the family years ago and his troubled mother couldn’t care for him, so George left home and decided that street life was a better option. It’s hard to fathom just… Continue reading When a bike changes a life…

Soccer is transforming Bungoma’s streets

Who would have thought a ball and net would rally Bungoma’s youth and give them a vision for their future? Bungoma’s street boys spend their days searching for food and just ‘surviving’, which means there’s no time to play games or enjoy life. But our partner, Restoration of Hope Ministries (ROHMI), is using soccer to… Continue reading Soccer is transforming Bungoma’s streets

I will never forget the sight of his pink vest

When I first met Steven*, he was sitting on the railway tracks, wearing a pink puffer vest. He instantly jumped up the moment he saw me leaning out the window with my phone. He rushed up to the car waving a piece of paper at me. It was a grubby little brown envelope with the… Continue reading I will never forget the sight of his pink vest

This is why they live on the streets

There are many reasons these boys in Bungoma find themselves living on the streets… and it often takes a pretty awful situation at home for them to choose the tough street life. One such situation is caused by a cultural phenomenon called “widow inheritance” where if a husband dies, the widow is kicked out of… Continue reading This is why they live on the streets

You won’t believe what these boys are forced to eat

Before DIAS Director, Rod, left for Africa last month, he had a question he wanted answered. And while he was walking the streets of Bungoma in Kenya, it was. His question was this: does helping and feeding street boys actually make them want to stay on the streets? But it quickly became clear that no… Continue reading You won’t believe what these boys are forced to eat

It all started with a dream

When Joseph arrived in Bungoma, he didn’t know what he was doing there. His wife was a teacher who was posted to Bungoma, so they moved for her work. But Joseph had no plans. But then he remembered a dream he had many years ago. “In 2002, I had a dream. In this dream, I… Continue reading It all started with a dream