Today was the first day of Tabasamu Shoe distribution. We had the joy of putting smiles on the faces of 93 girls including those of Muslim background at the Hope World Wide Kenya (HWWK) Center which is a faith based organization in the Slum of Mukuru kwa Reuben. According to research from University of Nairobi. Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning 2017 the slum has a population of 301,633. The need gap is enormous!
We interacted with girls whose dreams are being restored through mentoring and provision of education by HWWK.
Brenda, a 25 years old is a residence of Mukuru Kwa Reuben. As a beneficiary of the HWWK Dreams program she is one of the counsellors at the center interacting daily with people from the community who have lost their loved ones to HIV/Aids. Many young people from HWWK are depressed and have turned to drugs and crime thereby wasting their lives in the process.
We are thrilled that through the Tabasamu shoe distribution, we were able to shine the light of the Gospel to this community.
Rehema Omari a 12 years old was one of the beneficiaries of a brand new pair of shoes today. She was emotional as she narrated her story. Her father passed away when she was only 2 years old. Her sick Mum sells used clothes by the roadside and struggles to raise $3 a day to feed them with a single meal.
Rehema told us that they count it a blessing whenever they eat 5 meals in a week. However, today not only did Rehema receive her first new pair of shoes and a meal but also surrendered her life to Jesus after the gospel was shared.
Thank you partners and friends for locking arms with us to share hope that can only be found in Jesus!