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We are currently looking to purchase the property we rent. This will allow the funds used to pay the rent to go to other needs. More importantly it will allow us to double our capacity. It will also secure our location and allow us the security of knowing we will not be forced to leave and find a new location. Also we initially felt we could have some sustainable income activities (such as a volunteer program) but as the number of kids grew - there was no longer room to accommodate volunteers. We are regularly turning down volunteers who want to come.

There is a multitude of issues that the lack of space is currently causing. We are attempting to raise $150,000.

1. The purchase of the property would include a back property also - effectively doubling our capacity. (See chart to the below).

2. The children's welfare is at risk due to being over capacity.

3. Taking meals and studying is difficult due to inadequate space. 

4. The funds that currently go for house rent can be used for something else.

5. If own we can begin to make some improvements because at the moment we are limited since we don't own the property.

6. We have 26 kids and 4 staffs using one bathroom which makes things difficult.

7. Because of over-crowding the door in the girls room doesn't open easily which is risky in case of fire.

8. The house we are occupying was meant for a family of 4-5 which is now being occupied by 26 kids and 2 adults.

9.  Our entire operation could be shut down if the landlord decides to sell it or rent to another person.

10. We need more space for the kids since we are too crowded together (it’s simply uncomfortable and inhumane).

Buying the compound solves so many issues we currently face - if you would like to donate the funds for this effort are kept in a separate account - we appreciate any help in this urgent matter.

 

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I arrived in Kenya in May of 2013. Facing complications, a planned project was postponed. With extra time on our hands Irene suggested we look to rent a small office for Kibera Pride. Just a "small office" where she could meet with people and establish a presence for KP. The best option was more then a small office, rather a family size home, (in our minds - a compound). At that time the building was for sale - not for rent. Irene was able to convince the owner to rent it to us. We agreed to work towards raising funds to purchase the building. We could only afford to rent the front half of the property - which at the time was way more space then needed.

On August 4th we moved into the KP Compound and began planning our next steps. We wanted to be sure all was in order and that every step we took would be sustainable. On August 29th, a knock at the gate disrupted our attempts at planning, a children's welfare officer came with little Johnny in tow. Johnny was at risk and we were chosen to provide guardianship as his home situation was sorted out. I remember the shock, for sure this was what we were there for, but no way were not ready.

Two and half years later we now have 25 kids in our full-time care and another 50 for which we sponsoring education. To be honest we're still not ready but the need is great. Kibera Pride is one of just a handful of registered NGOs providing full-time live-in care within Kibera. We have earned the respect and trust of the local children's welfare office and they continue to drop off kids. Sometimes they are there for only a few weeks as the officials sort out the family issues. Sometimes it is decided they stay with us - permanently. In either case we receive NO assistance.

We are currently looking to purchase the property we rent. This will allow the funds used to pay the rent to go to other needs. More importantly it will allow us to double our capacity. It will also secure our location and allow us the security of knowing we will not be forced to leave and find a new location. Also we initially felt we could have some sustainable income activities (such as a volunteer program) but as the number of kids grew - there was no longer room to accommodate volunteers. We are regularly turning down volunteers who want to come.

There is a multitude of issues that the lack of space is currently causing. We are attempting to raise $150,000.

1. The purchase of the property would include a back property also - effectively doubling our capacity. (See chart to the right).

2. We are harming children's welfare due to being over capacity.

3. The kids have no chance to sit in a good position when having their meals, no room for them to study. 

4. The funds that currently go for house rent can be used for something else.

5. If own we can begin to make some improvements because at the moment we are limited since we don't own the property.

6. We have 26 kids and 4 staffs using one bathroom which makes things difficult.

7. Because of congestion the door in the girls room can't open easily which is risky in case of fire break.

8. The house we are occupying was meant for a family of 4-5 which is now being occupied by 26 kids and 2 adults.

9.  Our entire operation could be shut down if one day the landlord decide to sell it or rent to another person.

10. We need more space for the kids since we are too crowded together (it’s simply uncomfortable and inhumane).

Buying the compound solves so many issues we currently face - if you would like to donate the funds for this effort are kept in a separate account - we appreciate any help in this urgent matter.

 

 

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