Project information

Sustainable Support for Kenyan Street Children

Footsteps International cares for 100 street boys. To improve the project's sustainability we need to:
1. Harvest rainwater for drinking, irrigation and fish farming
2. Install greenhouses to increase food supplies - any excess is sold
3. Instal solar power to reduce cost and environmental damag

September 2012 - December 2013

Charity information: Footsteps International

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  • Need


    There are thousands of street children on Kenya. We rely on UK donors to support the rehabilitation process but this is expensive. We want to move to the position where our rehabilitation project can sustain itself with less (or ultimately) no external support


    Providing more fresh water enables more crops to be grown and the fish farm to be productive. Additional greenhouses help increase crop yields (especially if there is more fresh water). This reduces the food bill at the street boys' rehabilitation centre and yields an income from sale of excess crops.
    Provision of solar power will reduce electricity generation costs by replacing a diesel generator.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improves the sustainability of street boy rehabilitation


    » Installing a 50,000 cubic metre underground rain water storage tank
    » Install 2 greenhouses to increase crop yields
    » Replace the diesel generator with solar powered electricity to reduce costs and reduce environmental damage

    What success will look like

    Success will be increased crop yields which will reduce the food bills; increased income from sales of surplus to local stores, and reduced costs of generating electricity.

  • Impact


    The ultimate aim of the project is to provide a more sustainable way of rehabilitating boys ex-street boys. While the overall success is of the rehabilitation project is measured by the number of boys who are able to find work or higher education when they leave, this project is aiming to reduce running costs by 10%.


    Drought: Kenya suffers regular drought. If this was very severe the planned use of the extra water tank and greenhouses would not happen that year (although the whole aim of having them is to mitigate this risk)
    Crop disease: we employ an experienced gardener and have good contacts with local commercial crop growers who offer expert advice.
    Solar panel theft: We employ security guards to patrol the site. Provision of solar lighting will improve security as light will be available all night.


    UK trustees visit approx every 6 months and will report on progress.
    Interim progress reports from the Centre including photos and receipts will be passed on to donors.
    Donors will be invited to visit to see the results of the project themselves.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £34,300

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,500 Water storage Construct 500,000 litre underground water storage tank
      £20,800 Solar electricty Instal solar electricty and lighting plus solar water pump
      £3,000 Greenhouse Supply and instal 2 greenhouses to increase food supply
  • Background


    Naivasha is located in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. It is famous for its flower farms which supply UK and Europena markets, but these have created a problem as many people have migratesd to teh area chasing too few jobs. The resulant poverty and social breakdown has led to increasing numbers of children living on the streets.


    There are 2 beneficiary groups. The most immediate group is the street boys who are offered a home, food, education and re-connection with the community at the Sunshine Rehabilitation Centre. The second group is the residents of Naivasha who have seen a reduction in the 'street boy problem' although, as these children migrate across the country, the problem has not been solved.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have 10 years successful track record rehabilitating children in Kenya.
    We work with local organizations and communities to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of our work while guaranteeing that projects remain in the hands of those who best understand the issues on the ground.
    All our UK staff are volunteers, paying for their own visits to Kenya. So all the money we are donated goes to the projects.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Martin Print

    Chairman of Trustees and responsible for overall budget control and ensuring the money is spent correctly by visiting the project at his own expense.

    Simon Kinyanjui Chege

    Director of the Sunshine Rehabilitation Centre in Kenya. Experienced with running the Centre and managing construction of water tanks and greenhouses.

Help us keep these kids off the streets...forever!

Help us keep these kids off the streets...forever!

“If someone had told me when I was living on the streets that I would end up here, I would never have believed it. Tell everyone I am very happy.”

James Maina - ex street boy and now a woldlife ranger