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...

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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?...

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You can rewrite this tragic story

You’re alone. It’s dark. You’re crying out for help, but no one is coming. Imagine you had to go through this, like 17-year-old Jessica did. She didn’t know what was happening to her. She was disabled, unable to talk, walk or feed herself. All she could do was lay on...

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Dirt and water bringing life

Domtila and Kevin have two very different stories, but they have one thing in common: the Milele Farm is keeping their families alive. The Milele Farm is giving more than 15 families in the community food, plus it employs three people to work the land. One worker,...

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The day I was given a gift

By Chris Emert It was May 2017, and I was on a long plane trip headed to Uganda. We were on our way to pick up three children and bring them back to Australia for surgery. I’d been before, but this trip would be different for me. Of course now I had some knowledge of...

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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,...

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“It was a moment of joy in the slum”

At the end of last year, you helped fund three Christmas parties in Kyampisi, Kisumu and Nateete. Haggai, our partner who organised celebrations for the children at New Seasons School, shares his experiences: “Most of the families in Nateete are poor of the poorest...

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Violet was 2 years old…

It was a normal morning for two-year-old Violet*. On a Wednesday last year, her dad dropped her off at a neighbour’s house. Her mum was sick in a nearby medical centre and he needed to go see her. But when Violet’s dad came to collect her at 5pm, she was gone. The...

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He’s been called the ‘miracle boy’

It was the middle of the night when a passer-by heard a gurgling sound coming from the bushes. It was Allan. He was 6 years old and had just been attacked by witch doctors. They castrated him. Sliced open his head with a machete and took a piece of his skull. Stabbed...

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When it takes 14 years to get justice

How do you keep going when it takes years – 14 years – to see justice for an attack? This is life for the advocates in Kyampisi, who spend their days and nights stopping child sacrifice. It’s hard work. Slow work. But that doesn’t stop them. KCM might be a small,...

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This is not normal. And you can change it.

  The young girls are looked at. Abused. Sold. And many are rejected. And what’s more…. this is all considered normal. The girls and young women of Kisumu are viewed as property. And although it might be culturally accepted, Lindah Nyameche will not rest until that...

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Meet the Women of Kyampisi

Your husband has died. You never finished primary school. And you have five children to feed. If this was you, what would you do? What’s your next step? For many Ugandan women who live this life, the streets become their homes. Or their children skip school, forced to...

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