Glad’s House Boys
Historically Glad’s House has always supported young people off the street who have little or no other option but to work with Glad’s House as other organisations are reluctant to work with anyone over the age of 14 as they are too challenging. We began to meet a need that was not being met, and we continue to be the only organisation that supports young people living on the streets, off the streets and into education, employment and training. We use individual and holistic Care Plans and journey with the young people we work with to meet all their needs and address the underlying trauma that pushed them to the streets.
Successes include children returning to formal education or entering formal employment. Many have returned home or moved into independent living. Young people have trained as Golf Caddies, with 8 having the opportunity to caddy at the Kenyan Open. We took 9 young men who represented Kenyan Street Children at the Street Child World Cup in Brazil in April 2014. With all the children and young people we work with take a quality not quantity approach and truly believe lasting change intensively with small numbers.
Glad’s House Education Programme works with children and young people living on the streets, on dumpsites and in our community whether they are in school or not. Our holistic approach means that we offer children and young people educational support at the level that suits them whether that is formal or informal.
Teachers assess a child or young persons level and academic aims and place them in the appropriate groups. Some children and young people hope they will return to formal education so our Teachers work with them to bring them up to a standard that means they are able to return to school. Some are supported to sit their Primary School Exams with Glad’s House as a private candidate and then join Secondary School. Others are supported to learn to read and write. As with all of Glad’s House work, we journey with children and young people to support them to achieve their educational goals.
We secure Foster Care Placements for children and young people who are unable to return home. A child or young person will live with an appropriate foster family in the community who understand a child’s heritage (including tribes and religion) and who often have children of a similar age. The child or young person is able to return to formal school and will receive on going support from Glad’s House.