Another Opportunity to Grow

Another Opportunity to Grow

Kenya News
It is on a chilly Friday morning, Koinonia rescue team makes its way through the streets of Nairobi. The team heads towards Mlango, Mutindwa, Ngara, Parklands and along Odeon, on one single mission to rescue young boys who are ready for a new start. Over the past couple of months, the team has been engaging in street work in order to create a rapport with the children living the streets. Today 21 boys aged between 4-14years are now ready to have a fresh start. Ten year old Ken Kariuki* not his real name, left home after a disagreement with his mother at their home in Kariobangi. After spending a couple of nights away from their home, he got influenced by his friends to head to the city center. He has…
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Koinonia Gala Dinner 2018

Koinonia Gala Dinner 2018

Kenya News
The much anticipated Koinonia Community Fundraising Dinner kicked off on a high note after weeks and months of planning. Koinonia Community had scheduled to have a dinner aimed at raising funds towards the education of vulnerable children. Change begins with a single step and ensuring that the less fortunate members of our community get an education. The Gala Dinner was themed “Take Me to School”. The theme was informed by the need to provide education, which is the most viable mechanism to better the lives of vulnerable children and their families. Over the years, the number of children in the streets, and those in vulnerable situations have always been on the rise. Since our inception, Koinonia Community has been known to be at the forefront in championing for better lives…
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Recognizing the Best Performers for the Year 2018

Recognizing the Best Performers for the Year 2018

Kenya News
Koinonia Community in Kenya has been operating for over 20 years. In this period, we've had our fair share of challenges and we've never forgotten to celebrate the various achievements we've had over our existence. After a rigorous 3- week evaluation of all the projects under Koinonia, the evaluation team made up of the Koinonia Community management board (Executive Committee and the Central Administration) set up 28th of September 2018 to recognize all the projects and individuals who performed extra-ordinarily during the period of the year 2017 - 2018. This year's event was sponsored by our partners Amani Onlus and MAECI The recognition event was held at Ndugu Mdogo Rescue Centre, Kerarapon Drive, Kenya and had all the Koinonia projects represented. As customary, every project representative was given an opportunity…
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The Launch of Salama Community Centre in Kibera

The Launch of Salama Community Centre in Kibera

Kenya News
With living in streets being the most viable option for someone, you can guess that life is tough for such an individual. This is the life of hundreds of people in Nairobi, with girls and young mothers not spared in this endeavor. 14-year-old Fatuma Ahmed (not her real name) is a young mother living in the streets of Gikomba, Nairobi with her two-year-old daughter. At such a tender age she has had to adapt to the tough street life. “It’s not safe living in the streets especially during the night, to protect yourself one needs to sleep with a trouser” says Fatuma. Girls and young mothers living in the streets are exposed to many dangers, not to mention rape and other forms of assault. The nights are cold and it’s…
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Nairobi Carnival – A first in Kenya

Nairobi Carnival – A first in Kenya

Kenya News
Flying matatu. Puppets. Pomp and color. Aspects that characterized the Nairobi Carnival. The first of its kind in Nairobi, Kenya held on the 14th April, 2018 at the Riruta stadium. It was aimed at creating awareness on the rights of children living in the streets. It was a collaborative effort from the governmental, non- governmental organizations, members of the community and the VIP’s of the day youth and children from the different areas- Mutindwa, Kawangware and Ngong were present. The day was aimed at giving millions of street children a voice. The procession kicked off at Riruta stadium traversing through Carwash area to Kivuli then to Satelite and finally culminating at the stadium.  This was an opportunity for members of the community to get to learn on the rights of…
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Influencing the Community through Music

Influencing the Community through Music

Kenya News
“Poverty, corruption, terrorist attacks, each and every day, no matter what people say they run to the savior, saved by the savior, Young Prince representing ’’  lyrics to the song Poverty by Humble, playing on a local radio station Mtaani Radio. 18 year old Evans Mutwiri alias Humble Prince is a young and upcoming artist from a small village, Katharaka in Meru County, Kenya.  In the recent past his music has been getting a lot of air play in the local media. His song “Poverty” talks about social ills that human beings go through every day and that the only way out is to seek help from the Almighty God. Having lived in the cold streets of Nairobi for one year, he knows too well how challenging life can get.…
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World Radio Day 2018

World Radio Day 2018

Kenya News
“Radio reaches the widest audience in the world!” In an era of dramatic advances in communications, radio retains its power to entertain, educate, inform and inspire.’’ The words of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in his message to the world as it celebrates World Radio Day. This is the 7th edition since its inception in 2012 following its declaration by UNESCO General Conference, thereafter it was adopted as the international day by the United Nations General Assembly. Radio was first discovered in 1902 and since then has served as a main source when listening to news and music.  Radio stood witness to some of the greatest events in history and brocasted live events. For instance on July 31st 1982 during the attempted coup that saw legendary radio personality Leonard Mambo…
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Education of Re-integrated Beneficiaries

Education of Re-integrated Beneficiaries

Kenya News
January is normally characterized by children heading back to school for the first term of the year in Kenya. It is no different at Koinonia Community Rescue Centers who this year have successfully ensured that 58 boys and girls they have  joined school with the youngest joining pre-unit while the oldest joined standard seven, one joined high school while two others have joined technical institutions. The two rescue centers; Mother House and Ndugu Mdogo have this year recorded a 95% successful reintegration process of 48 boys and girls. The rescues are managed by six social workers who have ensured the children, who were rescued from the streets and vulnerable situations early 2017, are successfully rehabilitated and get to resume their education. The rehabilitation process is not an easy as it…
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Universal Children’s Day 2017

Kenya News
Children are one of the most treasured possessions on earth.  Kenya joins the world in marking Universal Children’s Day on the  20th  November. This is a day aimed at creating awareness on children rights and preventing their exploitation. Research indicates that about 80% of children living in Child Care Institutions (CCI) are not orphans but have been placed there due to other reasons such as poverty, neglect or domestic violence. Grace Mwangi , Country Manager at Give a Child a Family states that such factors push factors that distance a child from its family thus ending up at CCI’s or the streets. Koinonia Community is one such institution that looks to rescue and rehabilitate vulnerable and street children and ultimately ensuring that they are reintegrated back to their families as…
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Scaling the Heights

Scaling the Heights

Kenya News
She is graceful and her laughter lights up a room. 15 year old Grace Njeri* is among the over one million candidates sitting for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams in the country. She is also among hundreds of children under the care of Koinonia Community. Grace was admitted to Koinonia in 2009 when she was only 6 years old. Life at home had become unbearable after her father abandoned them and her mother became the sole bread winner.  Life in the city became too costly and they were forced to relocate to the rural area. A few years after their relocation her mother passed on leaving her in the care of her grandmother. It was during this time that she found a new home at Anita Home,…
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