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!
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.Details
3rd March, 2015
Please meet 13 year old Brian Carter (14 in 3 weeks time!) who is the latest member of our family home.
Brian has been attending Stepping Stones for a while now and we had come to notice he was a little ‘different’ from the street boys – polite, well mannered and he took better care of himself. He didn’t really mix with the other boys although he was friends with many of them.
Brian, an only …child lived hundreds of miles away with his mother, a teacher who worked in a school with deaf children, and his grandmother. He attended school and had a good life.He had never met his father.
When Brian was 8 years his mother contracted meningitis and died. Brian met his father for the first time at his mother’s burial. His father said he would support Brian and send money to the grandmother. This he did until 2011 when it suddenly stopped. Brian does not know why. He had finished primary by this time and was attending High School. However, in the third term of his first year there, he was sent away as his fees were no longer being paid.
His grandmother tried to make money by growing maize and vegetables to sell, but she was old and it was a big struggle. So at the age of 12, Brian found work on a farm. The work was backbreaking and he earned very little money. He spoke to his grandmother and they agreed he should go to Nairobi to find work as the prospects might be better.
Arriving in Nairobi, Brian found the prospects to be much worse and ended up living on the streets with no money to return to his village. He stayed in Nairobi for 9 months, but the police there are brutal and beat the street children very severely on a regular basis. So Brian ran from Nairobi and made his way to Mombasa where he has been living on Makadara street in the centre of town.
On Tuesday, we told Brian we would like to take his into our home and send him to school. We have found a day school who have said they will take Brian for half the normal fees so hopefully next week he will be back at school.
Brian’s dream was to become a lawyer and his mum was encouraging him in this. His dream now is to become a lawyer and know his mum would be very, very proud of him!
We are hoping in the future to contact the grandmother and let her know her grandson is safe and well.
Please message us if you would like to help Brian in some way!
3rd March, 2015
So about an hour ago, Paul and I were held up at gunpoint. The two men both had guns. As we drove into the compound to the house, they grabbed the watchman and …held a gun to his head. As we started to get out of the car, they pointed their guns at each of us as they took our phones and my bag. They searched the car and then left.
Bad points: they took our driving licences and alien ID cards; my purse containing our Kenyan debit cards, although only had about £50 in cash in it;
Good points: We were not hurt although Boscoe the watchman is badly shaken up; I would normally have had my iPad in my bag, but had left it in the house tonight cos we were in a rush leaving! I was not wearing any jewellery because we were in a rush leaving! They had just robbed another house and were in a hurry, so didn’t demand we unlock the house so they could steal anything else, something they had done previously. They stole Paul’s little black bag and thought they had gotten something really good – they will wonder what they have when they open it and find his colostomy bags!!
Paul and I are genuinely okay……..I am just really cross!! Hate that they have my phone!! Unable to track it as it is not connected to the internet – they will know that it can’t be tracked unless it is so will make sure it isn’t until they disable something. If anyone knows how to track a Galaxy S5 without the internet please let me know!
Police not interested of course…….this is not a big thing in Kenya!
Ah well, another experience I suppose – never been held up at gunpoint before. Hopefully, never will again! And it could be worse…….at least they weren’t terrorists out to kidnap us!
27th February, 2015
Well, Dennis, our lovely, cheeky little chappie has returned to the streets. He says it’s because there isn’t a big television in the house! I can’t say he has run away because he told us that he was going to leave and of course we are unable to stop him. We can only talk to him about the benefits of a home life, but as I said in my previous post, we didn’t really think Dennis was ready for that. Anyway, he is continuing to attend Stepping Stones so we will continue to work with him and who knows…….one day he might just realise!!Details