/////// New Library Cabinets and Books for Koinonia Rescue Centre
Last month, funds raised from the sales of KOINONIA: SELF-PORTRAITS BY NAIROBI STREET CHILDREN were used to buy brand new text books and library cabinets for the children at Ndugu Mdogo Home and Rescue Centre. These included a range of Maths, Science and English text books, as well as reading and revision books.
The boys at Ndugu Mdogo would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has bought a copy of the KOINONIA book and to everyone who has supported the Portraits of Nairobi project so far!
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Friday 1 to Saturday 2 July 2011
10am – 6pm, Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, 16 John Islip Street, London
KOINONIA: SELF-PORTRAITS BY NAIROBI STREET CHILDREN will be on sale!
It was a 4am start followed by a 40 minuet drive by Mutatu from Kibera to the slum district of Donholm on the outer east skirts of Nairobi. For the past three weeks Ndugu Mdogo social worker Jack Matika had been visiting a group of 18 boys at their ‘base’ under a railway bridge. That morning 12 of the boys were sleeping huddled together under plastic sheeting. Jack helped them to light a fire and sat talking with them until first light. The boys hadn’t eaten in two days and from the moment they woke began to sniff glue to quell the feeling of cold and hunger. After they had warmed up Jack took the boys to a slum cafe and bought them all tea and Mandazi, as well as leaving enough money for them to take a second meal later that day.
Street work; identifying children at risk, gaining their trust and supporting them when they are most vulnerable, is just the beginning of Jack’s work. Within two weeks some of these boys will be rescued from the street to join the Ndugu Mdogo Home where their prospects in life will be improved dramatically. (Read an update here>). However the rehabilitation process can take many years, and some of boys will have to remain in care whilst others may be supported back to their families and into education.
On More info about the work at Ndugu Mdogo Rescue Centre here>