We are a registered Society with a growing collective of young people and adults with lived experience with representation across all counties in Kenya. Every young person has a unique story about how they ended up in alternative care, however, we are all united by a common background of having spent all or part of our childhoods in care- these are formally or informally recognized models of alternative care i.e. charitable children’s institutions, rescue centers, children’s home, Kafaalah, foster care, Kinship care, adoption, and guardianship.
Our story as an organization started in 2007. An individual care leaver who felt that his personal experiences and challenges during care and after leaving care were likely shared by many others wanted to bring like-minded young people together. The group has evolved from a small support group of 8 young people with care experience who met in a single-roomed house, to a community-based organization led by 25 care leavers and having 250 members, and now a registered society with national representation and recognition. These young people, as active participants, have continued to influence laws, policies and practices at national, regional and global levels. Even having represented the lived perspectives to the United Nations.
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 by: