Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls thrives on the mantra that the gift of shoes can be the first step in a transformational journey. Buckner Kenya echoes this sentiment by providing new shoes to thousands of vulnerable children and families in different parts of the country.
More than 400 street families from Nairobi, Kenya, received shoes from Buckner Kenya, courtesy of Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls. The children, most of whom are aged below 18 years, have spent the better part of their lives in the streets, owing to tough living conditions experienced in different homes.
Majority of the children ended up in the streets after they were rejected by their parents, due to lack of enough money to take care of their needs, some were driven away by family issues such as violence, while others are orphaned. A huge percentage of street kids are attracted to dangerous behavior and the freedom to dictate their lives, as it is in the street; while others are not willing to attend school and abide by the set regulations in their home.
“I left home six months ago, after I was forced to go school, something that I did not like. I am one person who does not like living under rules and regulations, I love having a free life, however, life in the streets has not been as smooth as I expected. I sleep outside in the cold, I wear torn clothes and spend most days hungry, I am however grateful to Buckner Kenya for offering me with a new pair of shoes, this has given me hope that someone cares for me,” said a street child.
Shoes shine hope in the lives of many children as well as keeps them healthy, since they are protected from infections such as jiggers. The children can also attend school daily and connect the families with different Buckner Kenya family Hope Centers, in Nairobi, Cherangany, Busia, Bungoma and Kitale.
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