Overmould, the leading UK experts in Low Pressure Overmoulding and sensitive electronics encapsulation, have been supporting the wonderful work of their designated charity, International Needs for over 5 years.
This organisation has a worldwide reach with its aim to help families suffering through poverty and crisis to create a sustainable future. They work on several programmes across the globe including Rush Kenya and Grace Empowerment.
Officially known as the Grace Empowerment Street Rescue, Rehabilitation and Restoration programme, the organisation is run by Pastor Joshua Kirani who has supported street children in Kenya since 2006. It was registered as a charity in 2011 alongside IN Kenya and IN UK as a partnership, with the broad aim and goal to reintegrate street children & young adults in Kenya back into society.
At Westlands and Kawangware where Grace Empowerment is based, street children face a myriad of problems including homelessness, lack of basic needs, inability to attend school, poor health and nutrition and other issues.
Pastor Joshua and his team have made significant strides having impacted 172 street youth and boys of different ages in Nairobi due to the help of the various programmes in place. These include:
- Street Feeding – Preparation of balanced diet meals for the youths and the option for them to cook themselves with raw ingredients provided.
- Support with applications for ID cards – This has supported many of these individuals to access opportunities such as scholarships and employment opportunities.
- Health and Wellness – Dental care, medicines, medical bills covered when required.
- The Halfway House – A semi-permanent structure, rehabilitation centre for individuals enables 2 people from the street at a time who are taken through guidance and counselling, leadership and life skills training, entrepreneurial skills training, discipleship, and spiritual growth. The aim of the programme is for skills to be put into practice by starting a small business, gaining employment, or going to school etc, whatever they wish to strive for.
The Halfway house can only accommodate a maximum of 4 boys for a few weeks due to the large numbers on the waiting list. To extend the process of rehabilitation and support, IN UK and IN Kenya are partnering with Pastor Joshua to build a permanent rehabilitation centre to house up to 15 boys at a time and over a hundred boys in the next 5 years.
There are thousands of street children and young adults in Kenya alone that need our help and the programme have big dreams to provide holistic life transformational support, but funding is vital to scale up. If you wish to donate to this project, please click here.
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