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Labelled for life

Stigmatised and discriminated against.

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

The labels that stop children from living

Catherine shouldn’t be seen as ‘easy’ because of her abuse.

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 Shy and withdrawn and with no self-esteem, Catherine thought her only escape was to the streets.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

Challenging stigma, changing lives

Daniel shouldn’t be ‘guilty’ because he is a ‘street child’.

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

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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.

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Supporter messages

Jesus knows what it is like - your not alone- tune in to his voice of love and praise for who he made you to be- that us who you are-

Pauline Haughney | March 31st, 2018

Jesus knows what it is like - your not alone- tune in to his voice of love and praise for who he made you to be- that us who you are-

Pauline Haughney | March 31st, 2018

You were made perfect. Walk with dignity. The only label you need is "loved by the Father"

Colin | March 25th, 2018

all children deserve to be loved. God bless you all.

Anonymous | March 25th, 2018

You are precious in Gods eyes and so important! Lots of love

Hannah | March 22nd, 2018

You are such a blessing in this world

Christine Everitt | May 30th, 2018

my dear child you are worth a great lot to Jesus Christ your father who love you has his child he is watching over you ,YOU ARE WORTH MORE THAN A LABEL WALK WITH PRIDE LOVE YOU .

Catherine Degiovanni | March 20th, 2018

God planned you, He has a purpose for your life. You are a child of the One True Living God. You are loved. You are desired. You are His.

Teeny | March 30th, 2018

my dear child you are worth a great lot to Jesus Christ your father who love you has his child he is watching over you ,YOU ARE WORTH MORE THAN A LABEL WALK WITH PRIDE LOVE YOU .

Catherine Degiovanni | March 20th, 2018

Mzito! You are a very important person. You ARE loved by many in my local church where we pray for you. Don't forget Jesus will always love you and care for you for ever. My best wishes for your future.

Michael | March 20th, 2018

Please wear your badge with pride - you are a very important person.

Becky | March 15th, 2018

You are important and you can achieve anything you want to.

Abi | March 16th, 2018

You are such a blessing to us and You have so many gifts you have yet to discover! We are so thankful you are here and we have the opportunity to say You are Wonderful! :)

Celia Whitehouse | April 8th, 2018

You are precious and valued in God's sight. He watches over you and guards you. He gives you a hope and a future. He loves you

Helen | March 26th, 2018

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