A block of shanties occupies the narrow alleyway right outside the big, blue gate of our Pangani center. Tin and wood adjoin to form one-room homes and small businesses. Out front, women in colorful wrap skirts sell cooked potatoes and maize. Children run outside to play with homemade toys— small cars made from boxes and bottle caps, bicycle tires rolled with sticks, and crushed plastic soda bottles fashioned into shoes. Many of these children are too young for school. Others await the opportunity to join their peers in class.
Habiba and her brother, Boru, were among those children who longed to attend school some day. After months of our staff engaging with their parents, we are excited that Habiba and Boru joined our Pangani school this month!
Just eight months ago, their family was reunited after living apart for several years. Their father has lived in Nairobi for the past three years, while the rest of the family lived in their rural home outside the city. When their father secured casual employment, their mother and the children joined him in Nairobi to escape tribal conflict and gain greater access to education, food, and water. There were no accessible schools where they formerly lived.
Our staff noticed the older children frequently playing outside our gate and inquired why they were not in school. Once we learned the family’s story, we ensured that the children could attend school, also supplying them with complete uniforms.
Habiba aspires to be a doctor, and Boru, a pilot. They have two younger siblings who we pray can join them in school once they are old enough to attend. Their parents continuously thank MOHI for caring for their family and educating their children.
So many other children outside our gates want to be in school, gaining knowledge and life skills that can change the path of their lives. To join us in educating a child from a disadvantaged community, please click here