A strong foundation is paramount in any young person’s life for
their growth. For many this comes in the form of a family unit that
is supportive and consistent in its provision of moral guidance,
emotional support, basic needs and a safe environment.
Unfortunately, almost 30% of children find themselves lacking in
such a foundation and in situations they cannot control nor
evade. Reasons for this range from poverty, broken homes,
absentee parents, crime, sickness or death of caregivers to
mistreatment and abuse. Grim as this may sound, many a youth
have found an illusion of solace in leaving such spaces and
pursuing an unknown path that often leads to the streets of major
towns. From there fate takes charge-this may lead to adoption into
a willing home or institution or reuniting with their families, but
most times the more morbid reality of living the street life leading
many to desperation, drugs, crime and even death befalls them.
Joy Divine Children’s Organization (www.joydivinechildren.org) is one of many organizations working towards meeting this need. Being in operation for over 10 years with substantial rehabilitation stories, it is a beacon of hope for those looking for a new life away from the streets. Engagement in feeding programs around Mlango Kubwa area has resulted in reaching large numbers of street children.
In collaboration with Joy Divine, we have run the Prodigal Sons Camp, aimed at giving these children aged 6-17 years a 3-day experience where they are fed, clothed, counselled, ministered to and get to engage with other rehabilitated children in a fun and safe environment. This serves as a period where the children are given a chance to explore options of going back to school, reuniting with their families and leaving the street life.