Project information

Kenya Street Children Appeal

This is a child protection project in Nairobi’s Mukuru slums, which will result in the empowerment of community and government structures. To tackle child labour this project will also provide sustainable livelihood solutions to the most vulnerable families.

March 2012 - February 2014

Charity information: Islamic Relief Worldwide

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  • Need


    East Africa hosts large cities which gives rise to slums; of which Nairobi hosts the largest in East Africa with 2.5 million people. Due to a lack of educational and employment opportunities as well as persistent poverty in the region, approximately 60,000 children in Nairobi are drawn into street work and face major risks such as dropping out of school, labour exploitation, violence, physical and sexual abuse. Girls are particularly at risk of gender based violence as well as early pregnancy.


    This 24 month project will support the development of a community led child protection system as well as livelihood support for their families. Islamic Relief will work with and build mutual capacity of community schools, teachers, local community based organisations and NGOs (such as Hope International), research institutes and government bodies.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Protect 5,200 children against basic health risks, rights violations and all forms of exploitation.


    » Socio-educative activities: (games and sports) provide a protective environment and encourage street children to participate and liaise with schools
    » Referral and direct support to children who are victims of abuse
    » Health support for girls (hygiene kits, referral to health centres), support on reproductive health (early pregnancy/ marriage, reproductive health)
    » Education of children on their rights and prevention of abuse: through school and youth groups/activities

    What success will look like

    Education of children through schools. Counselling/psychosocial support, raise awareness to children of basic health risks and abuse. Provision of health kits to females.

    Aim 2

    Training of local key stake holders and parents of the needs of children living in slums


    » Raise parents' awareness on child abuse, gender based violence and importance of schools in protecting their children
    » Information, training and development of micro-enterprise activities for the most vulnerable families
    » Empower people on their rights to access government child protection and health structures
    » Response to gender-based violence (GBV) in the families through referrals and counselling

    What success will look like

    Identifying key stake holders, hold training sessions and graduation of training programmes, monitoring and evaluation

    Aim 3

    Train public child related actors (government and civil society organisations)


    » Empowerment and training of the government child protection stakeholders on child abuse prevention and response to cases of abuse
    » Liaise and reinforce existing child protection structures and organisations
    » Support the development of forums and action research with regard to child protection

    What success will look like

    Initiate research action, liaise with government child related actors and hold training programmes. Monitoring of changes in legislation

  • Impact


    This project will result in a decrease in the number of children living and working in the urban slums and streets of Nairobi. It will also empower the community to raise awareness of, and protect children against all forms of child abuse and exploitation. Moreover sustainable livelihood options will be provided for the communities living in urban slums.


    - Ongoing security risks
    - Targeted areas have poor community structures
    - Area has a high population density and poverty leading to high rates of diseases, orphans, etc.

    Islamic Relief has been working in Kenya since 2006 and have dealt with the above risks by ensuring good relations with communities and governments. By working in tandem with partner organisations the above risks can be reduced.


    Monitoring and evaluation will take place throughout the duration of the project and bi-annual reports will be made to donors with the results and progress of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £562,021

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      Amount Heading Description
      £127,611 Salaries Salaries of project staff
      £40,645 Assets Purchased Computer, office equipment etc
      £293,971 Project deliverables Hygiene kits, training costs, refreshments for after school activities, referrals to counselling
      £99,794 Running costs Running costs + Monitoring & Evaluation + Baseline survey + Indirect costs
  • Background


    The project is based in the Mkuru slums of Nairobi, Kenya. This area was identified as one of the most vulnerable and neglected slums as most other agencies focused on Kibera; a bigger and more publicised slum.


    The main target group are vulnerable children living in the slums who are at risk of being drawn to or already living in the streets. As such, these children are at risk of all types of abuse, such as child labour, exploitation, sexual abuse and gender-based violence.

    Children beneficiaries: 5,200 children

    Total beneficiaries: 6,430 (1’200 families, local stake holders and CBOs/NGOs)

    Gender balance (estimation): 65% female 35% male

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Islamic Relief has been working with children and young people around the world for over 20 years and in Kenya since 2006. We are therefore best placed to carry out this project with our extensive skills, expertise and experience. Moreover project staff have in-depth knowledge of the target area and population and will therefore be able to carry out best practice.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Abdalla Rashid - Country Director & Head Of Programmes

    -Provision of reports, strategic leadership & expertise -Quality control -Development & utilization of best practice -Represent IR to partners

    Stanley Maingi - Programme Quality Coordinator

    -Supervising the Quality Team -Provide guidance & leadership on matters of programme quality - Enhance technical quality of programmes

    Nadia Rahman - Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator

    -To ensure regular & timely monitoring is conducted -Reviews project proposals and liaises with partner organisations

    Ham Zamberu - Finance Manager

    -Oversee financial management -Produce quality financial reports & review budgets -Ensure funds are received & transferred to field offices