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Happy New Year!

Wow, time goes so fast doesn’t it?  We have been back in Kenya now for well over 4 months so think a quick update is required!

We Moved House

We now rent a house in a suburb of Mombasa called Nyali which is much safer for us and also nearer to the family home and our Stepping Stones Centre. The house is currently on the market so we rent on a three monthly basis, however it means our rent is a lot cheaper than it would normally be here. And it is a lovely house so we can have people come visit us and stay here.

Feeding the Children

We continue to visit the children on the Mwakirunge refuse site – we now give them bread with margarine along with the fruit juice. A small improvement but again one that the children and adults there really appreciate.




Stepping Stones Centre

The children continue to attend our Stepping Stones Centre twice a week. Just before Christmas, we took them to a small hotel for their Christmas outing. They ate sausage and chips, swam in the pool and played football and they all had a wonderful day.


We also held a New Year Party at the centre where the staff and children joined in with outdoor and indoor games. The children loved seeing the staff in the 3 legged and the tomato and spoon race!

We also open the centre one day a week for some older boys who were looking for someone to help them leave street life. We originally began with 8 boys but now have 4. One boy, Geoffrey who is 16 was taken into our home and is now attending school. Another young man, Musyoka has begun an apprenticeship with a plumber – 2 boys stopped attending which is sad for them but we need to have boys who are willing to change their lives totally and commit to working hard to achieve their own personal goals of a future off the streets.

Stepping Stones older boys at Bombolulu having lunch2e



Family Home

We now have 3 more boys in the family home, Abdallah, Geoffrey and Kassim.  They all started school this year, Geoffrey in High School and the younger two in primary. We now have 6 children in St Mary’s school in Bombolulu.  Eli, who has been with us since 2011 is now working full time for the charity and provides us with much valuable insight into street llife.  And Evans, who joined us at the same time as Eli is now at the University of Mombasa doing technical engineering.

Dan did very well in school last year and finished top of his class – well done Dan! Joseph and Paul are now in Kindergarten 3 and are doing well.

st marys school paul and joseph Geoffrey Dan Kassim Abdallah Joseph Paul at school St Mary's Bombolulu (2) geoffrey kassim and abdallah at st marys bombolulu (2)


Say Hi to Celia

Celia has come to work with us for a couple of months. Normally she works as a midwife lecturer at Sheffield University but has swapped her students for street children.

If you are interested in visiting or working in the charity for a week, two months or anything in between, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss this with you.

The Future

We still have so much we want to do here to help these children.  We continue to look for suitable land which we can afford to buy to build our village. We are looking for premises to use as a second centre close to the Mwakirunge refuse site which will aim to train the women with young children and babies with a skill so they can leave the dump and find a house for themselves.  And we really need a second family home – either one we will rent or one we can build if we find land.

Lastly, we want to thank everyone who supports us, either financially, by prayer or by encouraging us especially during the difficult times here (and believe me, there are a few of those!)
Without this support, we would find life here so much harder, the work would be so much less and the street children so much poorer than they are today through your generosity.

So here is the final few words from some of the children at Stepping Stones – Happy New Year!



Evans is back!

We are thrilled that Evans Kipruto who came to us from the streets in 2011 will shortly be studying Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Mombasa.  Evans was repatriated home to his parents in Eldoret in 2013 and Gap Kenya have continued to pay his school fees until now so he could complete his education. He has been able to secure funding to attend university here in Mombasa, so during term time he will be back in our family home with Timothy and Brigid.  We know that Evans will be a great encouragement to all the children in the home, but especially to Eli who came to Gap Kenya at the same time as Evans.

So often, street children are written off but Evans (and all our children in the family home) prove this is not the case. Each child is special and has their own unique abilities which a little love, hope and someone who believes in them, allows them to flourish.


New Supporters!


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We are so excited to announce we have two new supporters! St Helens Wigan Gospel Choir will be supporting us from September and Home Estate Agency based in Tameside are going to make a donation for every house they sell starting in September also!

A huge thanks to both – every penny makes a difference to a street child’s life!


Back at Mwakirunge.

Back to feed the kids on the dump site with our friends from the UK, Irene and Alick.
The kids had found a black bag full of waste food from a hotel and were gathered round it, stuffing it into their mouths as fast as they could! It turned my stomach to see them eating this…..Some of the people nearby were angry at my taking the pictures and were throwing sloppy, dirty food at me – I know I am doing this to share with others the plight of these kids, but they know it isn’t very dignified to be scavenging for food and eating it and would rather they weren’t seen!!
We so want to be able to take these kids to our Stepping Stones Centre for showers, proper food and some fun…… child should have to live like this!


Doing well at school!

In March, we went to see how Brian Carter was settling into High School. He is the 2nd boy on the front row and his teacher is called Mr Wilson. Brian says he is really enjoying school again after his time on the streets and has made some new friends there. He has also settled into our family home well and we really believe he is going to do well……..he has a great future ahead of him!


Our kids at Crossroads.

Crossroads Church are encouraging people to write on the wall a verse which means something to you. Was thrilled  to see the two Brian’s and Martin writing on the wall! They are pictured here with young Joseph and Henry Victor. Please note that the temperature is in the early 30’s yet Brian and Martin have chosen to wear sweatshirts!! With shirts underneath!!!

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We do love Kenya!

I really love Kenya. Driving home from the family home today, two young boys came running up to the car. Hussein and Brian had attended Stepping Stones for a couple of weeks unti we discovered they were not street children at all and were supposed to be at school!
They jumped into the car for a ride to the end of the road, closely followed by a young girl. Before we knew, there were around a dozen kids all trying to get in the car for a ride! Then as we drove to the end of the road, they shouted through the windows to all their friends, showing off that they were in a car! They were so thrilled, we just had to smile!


A Place to Reflect.

We have found the perfect place to sit, to pray and to plan. So this was our office this morning – just a 15 minute drive away. Yes, we have to take our own coffee (or coke!) but it is the best setting in the world to just chill out and plan the next steps for Gap Kenya.


Victor’s Story

Gap Kenya will always try to repatriate street children back to their parents where possible. Victor has been attending Stepping Stones for some time now. He says he is 10 years old and whilst we were registering him, he gave some clues about his life before he came to the streets. We decided to try and trace his mum so we visited a town called Bokole. We took Timothy and a man called Ali who knew the area well with us. It was decided that it would be better if Paul and I didn’t wander around the town, so we sat outside a shop and drank a coke whilst Tim and Ali set off to see what they could find. We became quite an attraction – Bokole obviously doesn’t see many white people!! And Bokole is a very poor town where people struggle to survive. But we found Victor’s family – his mum and two sisters! Bokole is in the bush and we drove down what can only be described as footpaths or through piles of refuse to reach their home. Victors story: Victor is really called Henry and is 9 years old, He has been on the streets since the age of 6. He is originally from Tanzania, but his parents split up and his father left. As his father no longer paid the rent on their home, they were evicted, and his mother made her way to Mombasa with her children. Homeless and hungry, they were found by the pastor of a church in Bokole who found them a place to stay but was unable to provide food for the family. Victor was sent to stay with his father who had remarried and also moved to Mombasa, but Victor says he was disrespectful to the stepmother so he was beaten and thrown out of the house. Having nowhere to go, he went to the streets – he was 6 years old!! The mother and the pastor have looked for Victor – the pastor saw him once in the town, but when Victor saw him he ran away. Victors family still have days when they have no food to eat. His mum. Judy, tries to find work cleaning or doing washing for people, but her life is very hard. We had a meeting with Judy, the pastor and elders of the community to discuss whether Victor returning home to them would be possible. They believe that Victor will not stay with his mum due to the lack of food and have asked that we try to help him. Judy seems to be a lovely lady who is struggling to provide for the two children she has. Her youngest child is 2 years old and has obviously been born since Victor left her care although she has not remarried. We have since spoken to Victor and offered him a place in our family home. Victor however does not wish to do this. Neither does he want to go back to his mum. He likes living on the streets. It is so difficult for children who are on the streets from a young age to see that their futures are pretty bleak as they get older – times are hard for them now………they are sodomised by older boys and men during the night, food is hard to come by and they are beaten by the police. Yet they have total freedom and find some excitement in being with the older boys, stealing, mugging and generally doing whatever they like. We are continuing to work with Victor as he attends Stepping Stones to try and help him to see a different future. Please pray for him, and us as we do this. There are so many Victors out there and I pray that we will learn so much from him as to the best way to reach children like him and show them a better life.