Glad’s House was founded in 2006 by a group of Kenyan Social Workers and a group of people from the UK in response to the lack of services for the most marginalised and hard to reach children and young people living on the streets of Mombasa. These children and young people had been deemed ‘too challenging’ due to their behaviours and life choices. Where others saw a child or young person as too challenging, we saw, and continue to see, a child or young person who is entrepreneurial, resilient and talented and wanted to create opportunities for them to not only survive, but more importantly, to thrive.
We would hold a weekly football session on Thursday mornings with young people living on the streets of Mombasa. These older children and young people profoundly moved our Founders, they had lost hope as there was no one to support them. From humble beginnings of a weekly kickabout, Glad’s House is now an organisation that meets the needs of 1000s of children and young people deemed too challenging by others!