Clink Hostels Supporting Moving Mountains in Embu!
Embu is a busy market town in Eastern Kenya, located on the edge of Mount Kenya National Park, a few hours drive from Nairobi. Clink Hostels is supporting the work of Moving Mountains Kenya in Embu, particularly our work with Embu Rescue Centre for Street Children and Embu ‘Black Cats‘.
To everyone at Clink, from all our beneficiaries and staff in Embu….
…..a huge “Asante Sana!!!” (Thank You!) for your kind support!
Embu Rescue Centre
Embu Rescue Centre provides a safe and open contact point for street children in Embu where they can seek and receive help from caring adult staff and volunteers.
The children and young people who visit the centre are able to receive counselling and support to address the many issues they face which can include severe social marginalisation, lack of stable accommodation, exclusion from education, absence of family support, harassment from the police and other members of the community, poverty, pressure to engage in gang membership, begging and substance abuse and a general lack of the care, attention and love that every child needs. The children are given assistance to reconnect with family where appropriate or to find alternative accommodation.
Educational and vocational workshops are run from the centre and children may be referred to other Moving Mountains programmes for support. The centre staff liaise with local schools to help children get back into formal education where appropriate and try to help the older young people to find apprenticeships, vocational training and employment (such as the recent paid work experience they gained working with our interlocking brick machine during a construction project at Gatwe Primary) or to set up business initiatives. The centre is open on a daily basis and also provides shower, washing and toilet facilities for the children as well as a daily feeding programme, ensuring that these children who often suffer great hardship on a daily basis are able to get at least two decent meals a day.
Clink is funding the salaries of staff at the Rescue Centre, the cost of the daily feeding programme and overheads and costs to keep the centre open on a daily basis.
Embu ‘Black Cats’
Our Black Cats programme also runs from the centre, offering free daily coaching sessions for both girls and boys from the streets. Training is led by dedicated local coaches who act as role models to the children and encourage them to attend the sessions and participate in the teams. Providing a safe and friendly team environment in which to have fun and participate in healthy activitieseach day helps to give focus and structure to the lives of these children who would otherwise spend their days on the streets. Weekly competitive league matches give the children something to work towards in training sessions.
The programme inculcates values of trust, discipline, respect, teamwork, cooperation and commitment and provides the children with a positive group identity and improved self-esteem. The Black Cats programme helps to ensure that the street children keep visiting Embu Rescue Centre on a regular basis and helps us to gain their trust in order to be able to assist them overcome their individual problems and reconnect with education, vocational training or employment as appropriate.
Clink is funding the salaries of Black Cats Embu coaches to run daily training sessions and weekly match costs for the boys and girls teams in Embu.