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Project information

Helping street girls in Kenya back into education

To support girls to move away from a life on the streets and working on rubbish dumps into quality education and safer living environments. They face a daily struggle for survival, are exposed to abuse and unable to go to school. This project will give them access to the opportunities they deserve.

January 2014 - December 2014

Charity information: ChildHope UK - children's charity

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  • Need


    Despite economic progress, 46% of Kenyans live in poverty. In Nairobi alone, over 2 million people live in slums with limited access to basic necessities. It is estimated that there are 66,000 children living and working on the streets, often living without adult care. Here they face a daily struggle for survival and are highly vulnerable to exploitation.Many don't have the chance to attend school instead they are forced to search on dumps for waste to recycle to earn enough to survive.


    Working with our local partner, Pendekezo Letu, the project will support 100 street girls aged 5-12 to access education and build a future away from the streets. Enrolled in a 10 month residential programme the girls will access intensive counseling, life skills training, family mediation and education in a caring environment a world away from the streets. After the programme, they will be helped to enrol in formal education, along with their siblings, and be reunited safely with family.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve access to education of street girls and their siblings


    » Enrol 100 girls in a 10 month residential programme where they will access intensive counseling, family mediation, life skills and remedial education.
    » Support 100 girls, on completion of the 10 month residential programme to enrol in formal education and be reunited safely with their families.
    » Provide on going psychological support to girls and cover costs of formal school to help girls remain in school.
    » Support 200 siblings of street girls to enrol and stay in education and provide vocational training for older siblings to help secure employment.

    What success will look like

    Success will be enrolling 100 street girls and 200 of their siblings in formal school and helping them to stay there and achieve academically.

    Aim 2

    Reduce family poverty and improve parent's ability to support their children to access education.


    » Provide parents and guardians of street girls with business advice and low interest loans to develop profitable businesses such as grocery stores.
    » Provide ongoing family mediation, counseling and housing loans to create safe living environments and reduce risk of children returning to the street.

    What success will look like

    Success will be supporting 100 parents and guardians of street girls to develop profitable business to ensure they can better meet their family's needs including education.

    Aim 3

    Raise awareness of children's rights and create safer environments for children


    » Work with parents, guardians and communities to raise awareness and improve understanding of children's rights.
    » Work with schools to provide learning environments that better meet the needs of former street children through training and establishing school clubs

    What success will look like

    Success will be supporting the community to understand to the basic rights of children and the importance of education in their development.

  • Impact


    By focusing on providing street girls and their siblings with access to education we are giving them the skills and the opportunity to transform their own futures. Every extra year in education improves their life chances and those of their future families. But it's not enough just to get into school; by working with them, their families and communities we will support them to stay there and achieve. We will demonstrate this by monitoring the % of children in school and their achievements.


    An identified risk is that the girls drop out or to return to the street, after the 10 month residential programme, to help support their families. Our learning has shown that children are more likely to stay in school if their siblings are also there. So we will enrol 200 siblings into formal school and help them to stay their. Also to reduce the need for children to go back to work we will help their families to improve their economic situations through business advice and loans.


    Donors will receive quarterly updates on the progress of the work and financial reports and a review done at the end of the year measuring progress, setbacks and learnings. Donors will also be invited to meet with ChildHope and PKL staff to find out in-depth about the progress of the work.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £179,400

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      Amount Heading Description
      £62,000 10 month programme Remedial education, rehabilitation, materials, meals, staff and running costs
      £33,000 Access to formal education School fees, uniforms, meals, materials
      £24,400 Family and sibling support Business training, business loans, vocational training and housing loans
      £28,500 Staff cost Kenya staff salaries
      £31,500 Project support costs Kenya and UK running costs, monitoring visits and production of updates and final report
  • Background


    The project is working with street girls living and working in the vast slums and sprawling dumpsites in Nairobi. Here the children face a daily struggle for survival and are highly vulnerable to exploitation. Once on the streets, their opportunities to attend school are very limited as they are unable to take time away from trying to earn money to survive. Only 205 of street children in Nairobi attend school past the age of ten; denying them the chance to fulfil their potential.


    This project will benefit 100 street girls, who were previously living and working on the streets of Nairobi, providing them with access to education. It will also support 200 of their siblings to enrol school or receive vocational training. To reduce family poverty and risks of children ending back on the streets the project will provide 100 parents and guardians with business advice, support and loans to develop business. Awareness of child rights will also be raised in the wider community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    ChildHope has over two decades experience, working in 10 countries worldwide to achieve our vision of a world in which all children can enjoy a life free from injustice and abuse. We recognise the value of working with local partners that understand the issues and context. ChildHope has worked in Kenya and with PKL since 1997. PKL was established to provide support to young girls and their families to access their rights to education, justice, protection and a caring family environment.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Martin Swinchatt

    Martin, ChildHope's East Africa Partnerships and Programmes Manager is dedicated to working in partnership with PKL and delivering the project aims.

Right to Education

Right to Education

It can be dangerous on the dumpsite, but I have no choice I have to work here for my family to survive.

Winnie, aged 10