KTSSC MISSION STATEMENT
To raise informed, value-based, self-motivated and integral persons by tapping everyone’s inherent potentials and capabilities in a conducive environment.
KTSSC VISION STATEMENT
To generates a healthy society free from illiteracy and poverty through socio-economic empowerment, access to education, psychological support and relocation to inhabitable environment.
KTSSC OVERALL GOAL
To help slum dwellers in Kenya to live a dignified life in line with Poverty Eradication Program (PEP), Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Kenyan Vision 2030.
KENTOLEDO SOCIAL SERVICE CLUB (KTSSC)
KTSSC is an established and registered on 5th November 2004 as community/faith – based organization. The organization was inspired by the golden rule, “Whatsoever you do to these little ones you do it to me”. KTSSC is registered in the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development at Nyayo House, Nairobi, registration certificate number is 11289. The organization’s office is located at St. Vincent De Paul Ozanam House along Sebatayet road, off Eastleigh Second Avenue in Nairobi, Kenya.
The organization has initiated and managed various projects since its inception. Its initial project which is running up – to – date is education support program. KTSSC has supported over 420 children and youth. Currently, it is supporting 92 children in primary and secondary schools, and 15 in vocational training institutes and 2 are in the university. The children and the youth receiving support include orphans, street children, destitute and vulnerable youth, and less fortunate in the slums. Most of the parents of these beneficiaries are single mothers and living with HIV.
Bearing in mind the environment that our cases are drawn from guidance and counseling becomes an integral part of the program. KTSSC provides basic guidance and counseling for the children, youth, parents and guardians. Every situation is evaluated and a favorable action is taken based on information received during regular home and school visits, counseling sessions and meetings. This is geared to self-acceptance, uplifting self – esteem, motivation, and capacity to deal with varied situations. KTSSC endeavors to alleviate poverty and to promote wholistic personal development. Therefore, the organization is increasing its volume of activities in order to support more needy people and help them to regain their dignity.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT SETTING
Kenya is still a poor developing country with a Human Development Index of 0.555, putting the country at position 146 out of 185 according to the UNDP – one of the lowest in the world and half of Kenyans live in absolute poverty. The important agricultural sector is one of the least developed and largely inefficient, employing 75 percent of the workforce compared to less than 3 percent in the food secure developed countries.
Kenya has a diverse population that includes most major ethno-racial and linguistic groups found in Africa. There are an estimated 43 different communities.
Mathare Slums, Nairobi Kenya
Mathare slum is home to over 700,000 people occupying an area of two miles long by one mile wide. Because of congestion, survival is a daily battle for the residents against the backdrop of diseases, crime, prostitution and lawlessness.
Life in Mathare slums is pathetic and unbearable for everyone who resides and visits the slums. Most residents are engaged in small – scale petty businesses either in their 6 X 8’ makeshift housing structures or on narrow open raw sewer filled alley ways, it would take a miracle for these hand – to – mouth investments to blossom into big-time business. However, the manner in which these slum dwellers carry on with life is Awe-inspiring and remarkable.
Apart from having no access to basic amenities like clean water, food, clothing, shelter and healthcare, the close to 1 million residents also suffer the misfortune of having no roads that can allow for any emergency services like fire outbreak. The makeshift housing structures are either made out of mud or metal. There is absolutely no government security inside the slums leaving the residents at the mercies of lawless tribal gangs.
A closer look of the slums reveals a depressing way of life for all. The environment is unhealthy, there are very few filthy public bathrooms but payment is demanded before one can use them, there is no garbage collection system, leaving open sewers to run the fronts of the shanties. A walk through what is called “the main road” is a poor lesson in a waste disposal. Numerous examples abound and they paint a depressing picture of the area. The most disheartening of all is to learn that children who would be in school run about in tattered clothes hassling for something to eat and looking for any open space to play. These children have nothing except their life and age in common with the children in better placed city localities.
The children and youth in Mathare slums live under pathetic conditions. Most of the children come from single parented homes, while others come from very poor families since their parents are sick, unemployed or underemployed. Orphans who are helpless after both or one of their parents die of HIV – Aids or other causes are forced to face the harsh reality of unbearable slum life. These children and youth have no one to care for them in this dangerous slum. Hence the Education Support Program for Slum Dwellers is a light in darkness for these needy and destitute children.
The situation is worsened when orphaned children and those from poor families turn to fend for themselves in the alley way, the young girls live under the fear of being raped, some turn to prostitution to earn a living, leading to the rise of teen pregnancies and abortion cases which further damages their emotional well being. Looking for money to support their drug and alcohol habits and a sense of belonging, the young boys join gangs in the slums to rob and mug people in and outside Mathare slums leading to insecurity in Mathare slums, the city of Nairobi and the whole country of Kenya. Apart from robbery, use of drugs and alcohol, these young boys are often recruited by powerful drug cartels to peddle drugs which lead to other forms of criminality.
Despite the gloomy outlook in Mathare slums and other marginalized areas in Africa, KTSSC believe that offering education opportunities, mentorship and entrepreneurship support is the only effective way to engage the at – risk young people and help them come out of the vicious cycle poverty. KTSSC has seen successes and continues to build on what has worked in alleviating this crippling poverty. We welcome anyone with an interest in serving the poor and oppressed to partner with us as we seek to identify and equip the at – Risk young people in Mathare slums.
House Survey conducted by Mathare Community groups, 2014 shows that In Mathare urban informal settlement, in Mabatini Ward, a total of 26 private primary schools serve the majority of the children population in the area, whereas only one public primary school is available. Government schools are not sufficiently available, the few available schools are found only at the periphery of these areas, making them inadequately available and inaccessible by most children. Failure by the State to provide sufficient number of public primary schools has led to tremendous growth of private low – cost schools which have developed to fill in the demand gap. Since the introduction of free primary education, more children from urban informal settlements have been attending private primary schools as many lacked entries into the available public schools facing massive influx of students into public schools and resultant deterioration in quality due to overstretched facilities. This resulted in many disadvantaged children, especially girls, from slum and children with disabilities, not accessing formal education due to prohibitive costs associated with schooling. In relation to this, KTSSC saw a need to bridge the gap and help these needy children access formal education through payment of their fees, provision of educational materials and school uniforms.
To tackle this challenge KTSSC saw a need to partner with like-minded organizations in supporting needy and clever children in the Mathare slums of Kenya through Primary and secondary education. Hence the birth of Education Support for Mathare Slum Dwellers (ESPMSD).