News from our Partners – Sunshine Centre, Kenya
At the time of writing Kenya has recorded 887 cases of covid-19 and 50 deaths.
Our partners operate Sunshine centre in Navaisha, Kenya. The boarding home aims to provide homeless boys, orphaned or from single-parent families, with a caring, loving home environment which enables them to access good local schools. These boys have spent time on the street of Navaisha having left home due to extreme poverty and/or family breakdown. All are now able to go to school and are supported to perform well in their studies and where possible re-connect with their families and communities. They are supported to gain key life-skills that will enable them to live self-sufficiently as adults. The home is run on Christian principles, so the children have the chance to come to know Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
The Covid-19 threat meant that the government directed all boarding institutions to link up children with their relatives where possible to avoid overcrowding and possible spread of the virus. This meant that Kenya Sunshine was obliged to make arrangement for the boys to return to their families. This was a difficult decision as many of the children have difficult home situations – leading them to leave in the first place. Those most in need were provided with foodstuffs and soap and Sunshine plan to continue to support the boys with parcels as the situation continues. They report that the boys have mobile phones so they are able to be in direct contact with them.
Rope is currently supporting many of their further education students at Sunshine. Staff at Sunshine report that though all educational institutions have closed, those in university are able to continue with their studies online. All of the post secondary students have laptops. At the time of writing universities and colleges will not be opening until beginning of June at the earliest.
Please pray for:
- All the children and young people, who are living with families. That God will protect them and pour His love and peace into the hearts of all, helping to reconcile family members with each other.
- For those able to study to have access to the internet so their work can continue.
- For those making decisions over re-opening institutions and boarding provisions. That all will use wisdom as to how these places can re-open and ensure all can live and learn while remaining safe and well.