Wapiganapo tembo nyasi huumia – When elephants fight, it’s the grass that suffers
Survivor Fellowship isa political and religious independent charitable organization working to improve the lives of street boys,
focusing on Mombasa, Kenya. Our vision is to bring hope and a future to the lost and forgotten ones
Survivor Fellowship has different areas of prioritation;
- Provide medicines, medical assistance and food to the street boys
- Focus on street boys with a future perspective, where helping them on their way to rehabilitation and a place to live with an educational offer becomes essential
- Cooperate with, and give economical support to, local projects working with street boys in Mombasa, Kenya
- Do fundraising through different national and international arrangements
- Work as an information channel focusing on the situation of street boys
The street boys of Mombasa
There are approximately 30.000 street children in Mombasa. Most of them are boys, between 5-18 of age. 30.000 is a huge number, and to many people it might be difficult to see the individual in the mass of suffering.
It might also be hurting to see the street boys for what he is – a child able to feel sorrow and happiness, pain and longing (SAVN), a human being with dreams and hopes for the future.
Then it’s good to know that something can be done; it’s possible to do something – today. Perhaps saving all the people in the world is impossible, but it is possible to save the whole world for some people.
The street boys call themselves “Survivors”. Every day is a fight for survival. Most of the boys have gotten the right to medical assistance, food and education taken away from them; basic needs for development and a future.
Fraud, loss and loneliness, together with abuse and exploitation, have left deep traces. Many try to drown the physical and psychical pain life has given them by sniffing glue.
Grown-ups often don’t respect the street boys, as they see them as a burden. The police “clean” the streets by catching the boys as animals, then putting them in prison. This is happening without following legal routines and is against the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Abuse is happening both in the street and cells. When children grown in the street have turned 18, a place in an orphanage is, according to regulations, no longer an option. Most orphanages and centers focus on the youngest children, leaving the boys of 15 years and older nearly without hope.
Survivor Fellowship does not think the age of 15 is an age for loosing hope for a life worth living. That’s why we’ve chosen to focus on street boys; we want to help them on their way to a new life as a contributing resource to the world community.