Mwakirunge Dump Site is one of Mombasa’s main municipal rubbish tips. It is also home to many women and young children who live amongst the garbage, eating whatever food they can find.
Gap Kenya are now looking to fund a new venture working with the mothers and children who live on Mwakirunge dump site. We want to empower these women by helping them find and utilise skills they may have which will enable them to earn enough money to leave this dump, and provide a safe and stable home for themselves and their children.
We have recently rented a 4 roomed structure with showers and toilets which we are converting to provide a kitchen with storage, and two creche/classrooms for the children to learn and play. We are building an outside area with a concrete floor and roof to provide a communal seating area for eating and a place for women to be able to learn and practice skills such as soap making, sewing, knitting and crocheting blankets and bags etc.
We know we can make a difference to the most vulnerable and unfortunate – we already do this with the street children we work with. Now it’s time to help mothers!