Labels are much more than bad names. When you call a child ‘garbage’ or a ‘rat’ it allows you to treat them as such, as less than human. It legitimises abuse too. In Nairobi the labels, abuse and violence push children on to the streets. Many are born into poverty and labelled from birth, living in slums, forced to work on rubbish dumps to survive.How we're helping
When a neighbour began abusing Catherine, she thought it was her fault. He told her she was nothing. That no one would believe her if she ‘told’. Shy and withdrawn and with no self-esteem, Catherine thought her only escape was to the streets. A place where rape and assault can be even more commonplace.How we helped Catherine
Daniel and his friends were seen as little more than rats by Nairobi police. They’d swoop on them in the night, literally whipping them out of the city centre. Daniel was trying to get an injured friend to hospital but was arrested. In Kenya, street connected children are already considered to be ‘illegal’, so Daniel was detained at a juvenile remand centre.How we helped Daniel
Make a donation today and you’ll help us tackle the problem head on. Not just with practical support, but by getting right to the heart of why there is stigmatisation in the first place. We’ve teamed up with like-minded organisations to work with hundreds of children, their families, the community and the wider society.
It’s an approach that’s already proving successful. We’ve helped Catherine to safely reintegrate into her family and school. We’ve given Daniel legal assistance and he’s now at a centre where he is learning new skills. One day we hope they will be able to give something back to their communities too – ripping up those labels once and for all.
Mzito is Swahili for ‘important person’. When you send a message of support, we will send one of these badges to a child in Nairobi – so they can wear it with pride, knowing that you are helping them to escape the labels of the street.Send a message