Glad’s House is a UK based charity working on the ground in Mombasa, Kenya to improve the lives of the city’s street children. The charity’s aim is to lift as many as possible of the city’s estimated 35,000 street children out of a life of hopeless poverty and give them the chance of a real childhood before supporting them into a self sufficient adulthood.
Established in 2006, the charity is working towards opening a permanent refuge centre in 2010. It currently runs a number of projects providing sports opportunities for street children and has also established local enterprise schemes for the community run by ex-street children.
The street children of Mombasa live in conditions which would be utterly intolerable to Western eyes. Separated or orphaned from their parents, they spend their lives on the street in a daily struggle to eat and find shelter, often funded by petty crime or prostitution. Many group together – as children universally do - to help and support each other in any way they can. As an escape from hunger and the despair of their own lives, many are addicted to glue, a substance which alleviates their hunger and is cheaper to buy than food. They have no home, no school, no family other than their friends on the street.
Glad’s House’s Mission
Glad’s House’s aim is to provide a safe place for many of these children, away from the street. In doing so, the children will have the opportunity to enjoy a real childhood while being prepared for a productive and self-sufficient adulthood.
In 2010 Glad’s House is planning to build a permanent refuge which will lift up to 60 children at a time from the streets of Mombasa and guide them into safe, happy and productive lives. We need to raise £150,000 for the centre. Can you help us raise this money?