Sponsor My Future supports a missionary project which was originally set up by the international Catholic Congregation of The Daughters of the Sacred Heart, founded in Malta in 1903.
Their mission is to spread the gospel message and promote human dignity through charity in simplicity and humility. They express the sensitivity of their mission through a variety of apostolates especially in schools, teaching catechism in the parishes, rendering services to the local churches, providing medical services in clinics and running Day Care Centres and orphanages. The congregation has convents in Malta, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Philippines Rome and in the U.S.A.
Our project is based in Ruiru, Kenya which is around 25km away from the capital city of Nairobi. It is a densely populated and semi-industrial area, with people coming from all over the country looking for job opportunities. Many people live in single rented rooms with their families in substandard conditions due to poor maintenance, lack of electricity, water and drainage systems. These conditions lead to a highly unhygienic and polluted environment causing a rise in diseases, deaths, and parentless children.
Sponsor My future supports a child’s education and well-being program, providing funds for poor children to get through their education and better their futures. We also assist a feeding and care program which caters to the needs of a wider group of individuals including the elderly, mentally and physically disabled and a large number of street children.
Street children refers to children and youths for whom “the street” has become their home and source of livelihood, they are often found sleeping in culverts and on street corners. There are various reasons for this; some children are pushed onto the street following the death of their parents – sometimes due to HIV and AIDs – or after running away from violence at home. Others live on the street simply because their families are too poor to look after them. Many leave their rural areas, where traditional community ties have loosened, for cities such as Ruiru where they have more chance of surviving by begging, finding odd jobs, scavenging rubbish sites, or prostitution. A number of these children end up addicted to a cheap solvent drug called glue, which dulls the senses against the hardships of life on the street.
The project collects street children and feeds them every day, with some being as young as five years old. As well as feeding them we also try to locate their families and get them admitted to local schools.