Rescue the Children of Kawangware
Organized by: Daphne Robinson and Sarah Wanyoike
The Mary Faith Rescue Center (MFRC) in Kawangware, Nairobi, Kenya, is a privately run safe house for children, who have been sexually abused, that serves both boys and girls who need a place to call “home.” The Center surrounds the children with an environment that is safe and structured. At MFRC, children, who have been victimized by members of their own families, receive attention from the caring and responsive staff, volunteers, and other well-wishers. The children are provided with shelter, food, clothing, and an education, (with a school on site) as well as medical attention and counseling, while they strive to recover from both physical and mental abuse.
Little Angela, who is only four years old, currently resides at the Center. In 2015, she was brought to the police station in Kawangware, after her father raped her and dumped her in a nearby forest. Five days later, young boys playing nearby found Angela near death in the middle of nowhere. After Angela was found, Mary, a Director at MFRC and local police officers, took Angela to the nearest hospital. There she received medical care as an inpatient for two weeks, and was later discharged to the Center, because her family refused to accept her back into the home. Later, Angela’s father was arrested, but has not yet been tried or convicted.
Pendo, a young teenager, who also resides at MFRC, was brought by her uncle to Nairobi at the age of 12 from the rural areas of Kenya in search of a better education. Pendo’s mother was sick and unable to care for Pendo or to take her to school. Upon arrival in Nairobi, her uncle immediately had Pendo tested for HIV. After she tested negative, her uncle then proceeded to molest her on a regular basis. Later, when she became pregnant, her uncle kicked her out and she found herself living on the streets of Kawangware, until Mary from MFRC found her and took her in. Pendo now lives at the Center with her one year old baby, and she is now preparing to take the Kenya Certificate for Primary Education exams at the end of this year as she prepares to go to high school in 2017.
In 2004, MFRC was founded by Mrs. Mary with the help of a few other women with a shared interest to protect innocent children, who have been the victims of physical and mental abuse, and to help provide a quality education to the more than 60 children, like Angela and Pendo, who currently reside at the Center. The school at MFRC educates children from kindergarten to the eighth grade.
The Center has, however, been unable to hire enough qualified teachers to meet the needs of the children in the Center. As such, the educational program is run by the Directors and a few volunteer teachers. A local group of volunteers in Kenya-Volunteers for Children in Need (VOFCIN, Kenya) invited us to participate recently in their project to assist MFRC, and together, we raised money to purchase, beddings, school supplies, rent for the home, and food to provide nutritiuous meals for the children. From this endeavour, it was apparent that we needed to find a way to make sustainable change in these children's lives. We have a vision for the home, that is bigger and greater than simply contributing school supplies and food to the Center. It is our goal to assist MFRC in building a school in the heart of Kawangware.
To do so, we need YOUR help. Our goal is to raise $25,000 to build a permanent school structure for children like Angela and Pendo. Our goal is to reconstruct the school in order to provide the close to 60 children of MRFC with an adequate residence and educational environment that includes necessities such as: bathrooms, bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room, and a playground.
80% will buy a building and initiate reconstruction for it to become a school in the heart of Kawangware to accommodate at least 60 kids.
15% will fund teachers in the first year (2017).
5% will cover administrative costs and fight the legal battles that keep kids safe.
We could reach our goal by December 31 of this year, if 1000 people commit to contributing just $25. The children in MFRC come from some of the most impoverished areas in Kenya. At the Mary Faith Rescue Center, these children are given the opportunity to escape the sexual abuse that has robbed them of their innocence. Please join us in this effort to assist MFRC in continuing to provide victimized children with the hope and foundation they need to build a brighter future.
Thank you for your support of this cause. Asante sana from the Mary Faith Rescue Center.