For Granted is collaborating with The St. Vincent De Paul Community Development Organization (SVPCDO) to address root causes of children’s vulnerability in Kibera, Kenya by providing opportunities for education, housing, care, and economic opportunities for mothers. Situated on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kibera is one of Africa’s largest informal settlements, housing an estimated one million people. Life in Kibera is characterized by extreme poverty, high unemployment, lack of access to basic services, and elevated HIV prevalence rates.
SVPCDO was founded by a group of local volunteers with a shared commitment to ensuring the children in their own community receive the necessary love and care essential for growth. The organization’s two main programs include the operation of a nursery school and a Boys’ and Girls’ Rescue Center. The nursery school prepares children for entrance into primary school; an opportunity which is out of reach for most in Kibera. It provides early education, school uniforms, educational supplies, and two daily meals to 90 children between the ages of 3 and 7. The Rescue Center, established in response to the growing number of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in the community, provides a home for children and adolescents ages 3-17 that have been orphaned and have no guardians to care for them. Currently, the shelter houses 17 children.
Recognizing the impact of SVPCDO’s programs not only on the children directly served, but also on the wider community, For Granted is assisting the organization to maintain operations of its nursery school and rescue center. With your help, For Granted will be able to provide support for essentials such as teacher salaries, uniforms, and educational supplies for the nursery school, and housing, food, schooling and medical costs for the rescue center.