I am Alice Muhonja Simiyu the founder and Executive Director of Safisha Africa Welfare Foundation (SAWF) a nonprofit nongovernmental organization registered in 2010 with mandate to; enable poor children access quality education, provide educational materials, provide educational facilities, offer feeding programs, advocate for the enrollment of a poor child in school as a right to education and provide a better environment for the less fortunate. SAWF is internationally in scope.I served among the big five urban slums in Nairobi, Kenya and lived in one of the slums as a Pastor for over 20 years where I witnessed the poor families struggling to make it in life without proper access to shelter, education, clothing and food due to lack of capacity to provide the basic needs .This caused a number of children to hawk in order to find some money to facilitate their daily meals. The most disadvantaged families are the single mothers, widows, casual workers and those depending on a one day time life casual work which does not come their way. Single mothers and other families that lack the capacity to provide finances to educate and cater for their children end up being vulnerable to prostitution, drug addiction and theft. As you will read on the children’s profile the greatest number we now have are single mothers who have been left by their husbands and many are jobless while others have had children in their youthful lives and are wondering what to do with them.
In 2003 as a Pastor, my friend and I constructed two classrooms for high school students in Dandora community which is serving 80 needy children every year who would not have had a chance to be in a school. In 2004 I started a feeding program which is currently a project of SAWF that feeds and educate poor children in Mowlem settlement scheme to access quality education. It was evident that not only feeding would have offered the children the life they needed but also education would make them be better persons and get out of poverty to develop a nation. We are currently catering for over 80 children in the project that help poor families who would have been lost in the streets or become thieves and robbers in future .Mowlem is a settlement scheme with indicators of rural inhabitants moving to town in search of jobs which never come their way
SAWF has rented a premise which is paid monthly .The organization recruits volunteers from Switzerland, Germany, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, U.K, U.S.A, Sweden and other countries. At the same time we have travelers, interns, researchers and tourists who visit and have a home stay. Such an exposure is received well by the organization and it leaves better memories. Watch out what the volunteers and travelers have to say on feedbacks.
The word Safisha is a local Swahili word meaning ‘clean’. Safisha targets to empower the poor families through education and welfare to develop them to be better persons leaving a mark in the lives of families and transforming the backgrounds they have been raised in. There is nothing one can do to a child who has been born from a poor family or background but there is so much one can do to transform the destiny of that poor child .Read more on how you can transform the destiny of a child on sponsorship, what we do on volunteers’ page. Children do not choose where they are born; they find themselves in certain families, environments and backgrounds but you and I can choose what they can bein future.
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