IMPLEMENTATION

Survey

We are surveying and monitoring progress and evaluation of effectiveness, impacts, sustainability.

The survey is looking forward to gathering information from a total of 30 children per institution with the final number being about 300 children interviewed. From the 300 there will be those who have been counselled using the PIP method and those who have not. The same will go for the counselors and the family interviews.

Of the targeted ‘street children’ organizations, the survey has been able to gather information from the children at the REMAND HOME. The outcome so far is telling that all the 30 children were subjected to one form of counselling or the other. Of the children counselled using the PIP method, 100% said that this method made it easier for them to tell their life story. A similar view is echoed by the counselors.

All the analyzed data will be disseminated to the relevant organs with the view of improving the entire process of reintegrating the child back to the family.

Training Courses

Since 2011, PIP has provided trainings for more than:

  • 28 Schools
  • 30 Street-connected organizations
  • 10 Intervision groups
  • 2 Supervision groups

Success Stories

Tony was  a 13-year-old orphan when he ran off to live on the streets of Kisumu after both his parents had died when he was 9 years old. His grandparents took care of him but after his grandfather died his grandmother due to family issues could not take care of Tony any longer. He stayed with his relatives  who chased him away after a while because he was one “mouth to much to fill”.

On the streets Tony went through the most terrifying time of his life. Eventually he was taken into an orphanage where he gradually began to regain a sense of basic inner security.

The PIP program in the center enabled Tony to talk about his traumatic experiences from the past. The counsellor got a better understanding about how he was emotional and socially affected  and how he was affected by his larger community. He had to overcome these tragic experiences which take time to heal. He also had to let go with his less adequate coping mechanisms like not telling the truth; letting himself being influenced by ‘bad’ people to survive.

Tony went back to  Primary school supported by sponsors. He picked up the learning fast and in the last class he was the  number 2 of the whole school.

Tony passed  the Secondary school without failure although there was a little relapse. He managed with some help to put himself together again. He regained his trust in the world around him although it took him a long time to open up.

He possesses a highly developed sense of responsibility: not only for his own welfare but also for his only living family member, his grandmother. At his rural home he managed to build a small house for himself on his family grounds so now he is rooted again.

It was a  another big step for him to leave Kisumu and to start his study economics at the University in Nairobi. So far he is managing pretty well.

Tony’s story

Evans’ Story

Evans aged 15 was orphaned at an early age and grew up in his aunt’s family. He ran away when his family was no longer in a position to care for him due to familial problems. Evans spent a long time on the streets.

A street social worker helped him find his way to the orphanage. Then a nun took a special interest in Evans and his education. He became a Christian. The faith has helped him time and again to recover from various crises. In 2010 Evans was guided by the PIP program. The information which emerged provided insights into his early home life. As a result he was given a series of supportive consultations.

Evans is a highly gifted boy with a well-developed willpower who did not abandon his school career even after a very severe emotional relapse. Now, more than two years on after completing the PIP Programme, Evans has found his place in life. He is clearly at the right school. He has been appointed not only the president of the society for journalists but was selected to become the President of the Child Assemble of Kenya. He has been invited to speak all over the country about subjects that matters children’s issues and children’s rights.

After finishing Secondary School with good results  he applied for the law school at the University in Nairobi.

He is in his first year and has to overcome a severe  emotional relapse Being abandoned at the early age triggered in this new phase of his life again an identity crisis.  He is aware of this deep scar and willing again to seek for professional help to overcome these severe problems in his life. His resilience and optimistic view help him to stay composed. Mentally strong  and using his coping mechanisms  help him to continue his life and uplift him to fight for a good future.

Susan is the youngest of 3 children 15 years. Her older brother and sister had long left home. Her mother died when she was 8 and she lived on the streets from the age of 12. Before then her father had looked after her. But following a serious car accident he was not capable of taking care of his daughter any longer. The income has dropped dramatically. Susan had to take over the household and shoulder adult responsibilities while only a child herself. She was forced to give up school. She asked her extended family for help and support.

First Susan lived for a few years with an aunt in Kisumu. With no money to pay school fees she was driven onto the streets. Susan then spent a few years in an orphanage. In 2009 she came into contact with PIP. The caretaker and counsellor were able to get a better understanding of her background, her weaknesses and strengths to move forward to a better life. The outcome was that she could not go back home but with the help of sponsors she was able to go back to school again.

Throughout her school career Susan received intensive coaching and extra support as well as many consultations. Despite her predicament, she has always continued to look on the positive side of life. Susan displays great perseverance.

After finishing her Secondary school she  joined a 4 years training course to become a social worker.  She faced many challenges to solve by herself. She has developed a great resilience and skills to overcome these challenges and to be in charge of her own life.

She will do her final exams this year and will find a job to have a bright future.

Susans’ Story

Collins Story

Collins,9 years old was found in the streets by a streetworker who got in touch with the PIP Foundation.Through the PIP method Collins who was very shy able to tell his life story. His father died when he was 7 years old.His mother left the house with the 2 younger siblings leaving Collins behind.Collins not able to go to school and no relatives who could take care of him ran away.

The streetworker was able to get in touch with his extended family and with help from a sponsor Collins was brought back to his own community. He stayed with his aunt for about 2 years. Collins could go back to school and he managed to catch up in class.

He came literally alive again.He opened up;his performances in school improved and he socialized with friends.However we discovered that his aunt(mis) used him in the household. The caretaker suggested to get in touch with Collins uncle(fathers brother). He was happy to take Collins into his own family with 3 boys.Collins had to move away to his new surroundings and new school but so far he is doing well.