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.
The street children of Mombasa live in conditions which would be utterly intolerable to Western eyes. Seperated 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 aleviates 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 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.
Glad’s House currently works to improve street children’s lives through sport. Partnering with MOYO (Mombassa Olympic Youth Organisation) – established by a former Kenyan Olympic athlete, Fred ‘Bokey’ Achola.
In 2009, the charity will establish a link with the recently to be opened Vipingo Ridge Golf Club, outside Mombassa by providing the opportunity for 40 young people to work as caddies. They will be trained by the European Tour Caddies Association and this project is being funded by the Tour Players Foundation.
On the streets, Glad’s House will soon employ two full-time social workers to undertake street work to build relationships of trust with those coming to the charity’s refuge.
Providing support for 'street children' in Mombasa, Kenya.
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