Recognizing the degree of marginalization and multiplicity of challenges faced by these young people before care, during and after care, we exist to essentially support these young people and adults to connect, belong, fully participate and thrive in society
Each year, in Kenya, thousands of children and young people leave care, the majority from children’s homes/ orphanages, called charitable children’s institutions. They are placed or exited to unfamiliar environments in communities. Many have described life beyond care as “strange” “unfamiliar” “scary” and “new world”- it is a new environment for many, with new relationships and new challenges to navigate and adjust to. The common experience is that of feeling abandoned, rejected and unsupported by the government, communities and the very organizations that had promised to provide care and protection.
These challenges are compounded by adverse childhood experiences that pushed them to alternative care in the first place, which include all types of abuse, neglect and abandonment, conflict in the family, parental substance use, being connected with the streets, conflict with the law and incarceration, and domestic violence.
We are a registered Society with a growing collective of young people and adults with lived experience in alternative care with representation across all counties in Kenya.