The Saint Boys Project:
There are an estimated 70,000 street children in Nairobi. Currently, IAMercy works almost exclusively with the boys. These boys are often the victims of abuse, abandonment, or the premature death of their parents. Many are orphans. Others have parents who are unwilling or unable to provide for the basics of life. So the children leave (or are forced to leave) in order to try to make it on their own.
By day street boys dig through trash or beg for food. They wander around the slum in rags, and if they have shoes there is a great likelihood they will be worn through with holes. They often sniff glue or paint thinner to get high. This numbs the hunger pangs, keeps out the cold, and provides a mental escape from the sorrow of their lives. Unfortunately, it is also highly addictive and over time debilitates the minds and the nervous systems of the boys who cannot get free from the habit.
By night street boys often sleep under cars or in kiosks. They huddle together to keep warm at a place know as "the base" (there are many of these makeshift bases throughout Nairobi). They cling together for safety, especially after sunset. Many have been raped, beaten, and bullied while on the street. So, staying together at night provides at least a level of protection from predators.
The Saint Boys Project is an effort to take boys off of the streets and put them in a home where they will be loved as members of the family. The boys in this project are no longer on the streets. They live together, with someone who loves them as a parent. They function as a family. All of the basics for life are provided. Food, shelter, clothing, medical care, and school fees are now readily available for the boys - so there is no need for them to worry about these things any longer. They can focus on doing well in school, playing games with friends and going to Awana or JV on weekends, and dreaming about what they want to do with their future careers. They are learning to love and be loved in a familial environment where Christ is the center of the home.
As of now there is only one home. Seth Johnson (who founded IAMercy) is the father in this home, and there are seven boys currently under his care. But, IAMercy seeks to start a new home in the near future. The goal is to multiply, so that there will be new boys, in new homes, with new father-figures (or at least older-brother figures) who will shepherd them in the years to come.
If you are interested in helping to support IAMercy in its projects, please do so now by going to the Donate page.
Meet the Boys who have benefited from this project over time
Through your support we provide former street children with the basic necessities of life, like shelter, food, education, and clothing.
Through your support we endeavor to build a family, not an orphanage. We are establishing homes, not shelters.
Through your support we are helping street children become positive agents of change within their own community.