In November 2012, Robert traveled to Maai Mahiu town, Kenya as a part of a mission team. While there, he learned of the hardships of one of the countries most neglected people groups – pre-teen to teenage boys.
The reasons for their demise varied: death of parents due to AIDS; bad behavior; or simply because the parents couldn’t afford to feed one more child. As a result, these boys were forced into the streets to make it on their own.
Their stories of survival were even more heartbreaking. Just so they could buy food, some served as “pimps” for prostitutes and their customers; some even went as far as prostituting themselves. At times, many would have to rely on what they found in the garbage, or what they could steal.
Moved by their plight, Robert teamed up with Isaac Munji, pastor of Rift Valley Fellowship, a church located in that area. By February of 2013, Robert was able to send Pastor Isaac enough money to provide hot evening meals for the boys, five days a week, while sharing the gospel of Christ with them. A year after visiting Kenya, Robert held a fundraiser in honor of the street boys. Enough donations were collected to help provide meals for 29 boys and shelter four of them for an entire year.
This was a great accomplishment, but there is still much more to be done. Here are the goals:
Short term goals:
- Continue to provide a nutritious hot meal every night for the boys
- Provide shelter for all the boys who don’t have family or are in need of temporary shelter while going through the reconciliation/reunion with parent/family.
- Salary for a part-time male staff to stay with the boys at the shelter at night.
- Facilitate the return of boys to school
- Provide high school education, college or university if possible
- Establish potential practical training placement where future employment may be possible.
- Establish a technical or trade skills center for the young men who may not be allowed back to regular schools
- Establish a workshop that would provide job and business opportunity for the young men in the local community