sponsor a child

Meet a child champion

Caring for the most vulnerable in Kiambiu Slum.


Boy running through an alley in Kiambiu slum

 

There’s a rugged metal bridge that passes the Nairobi River and leads into Kiambiu, one of Nairobi’s largest slums. Piles of human and industrial waste stream along the river’s course. The stench saturates the air.

Every week, more than 200 children charge over this bridge. They run at full pelt into the Compassion project run by Jericho Church. Here, they’re greeted by a wide, reassuring smile. This gentle grin belongs to a man called Bonnie.

Walking over the bridge to Kiambiu slum

"I have been working in the Kiambiu community for 13 years. Here many abuse drugs and alcohol. There is a high likelihood that children adopt such behaviour.

Bonnie with a group of boys

The high rate of unemployment forces families to go to sleep hungry and children to attend school with tattered clothes, or miss school altogether for a lack of fees.

Children eating lunch at Jericho Child Development Centre

I see a great change in children who have been sponsored for long periods. Many people in the community desire for their children to be part of this programme because the kids here show great character, leadership qualities and express themselves well.

Bonnie giving children extra help with their reading and writing

Sponsored children have better school attendance since they have the materials needed in school.

Bonnie pushing a young boy on a swing

Families who have a sponsored child know more about God. Their children share God’s word with them. Parents and relatives start going to church.”

Bonnie's vision is to bridge the gaps children face having been born into abject poverty. Like the thousands of other child champions working in our projects around the world, he ensures that every sponsored child is known, loved and protected.



WORDS : Silas Irungu

PHOTOS : Silas Irungu


 

Article Comments

God's blessings

God blesses each and every child champion and project worker for fulfilling his desire that as Christians we bring God's kingdom on earth, and His children unto Him.
27 July 2017 |  Author : Simon Rowe

Thanks

God bless this man. I've been to one of the slums in Nairobi and they really are desperate places
3 December 2015 |  Author : Joe Henegan
Article Comments

ARTICLE COMMENTS

God's blessings

God blesses each and every child champion and project worker for fulfilling his desire that as Christians we bring God's kingdom on earth, and His children unto Him.
27 July 2017 |  Author : Simon Rowe

Thanks

God bless this man. I've been to one of the slums in Nairobi and they really are desperate places
3 December 2015 |  Author : Joe Henegan
Leave a comment

Leave A Comment

Leave A Comment

MORE STORIES FOR YOU

1Feb

Protecting Girls from FGM

Compassion Kenya’s Brenda Etukei shares about protecting against Female Genital Mutilation – FGM.


17Jan

How does child sponsorship help a child’s family?

When you sponsor a child you bring change to a family and a community!


14Jan

Mathare slum hit by fire

On 14 January, we received reports from our Kenyan church partners about a fire in Mathare slum.


4Jan

January Magazine 2018

Your January magazine champions the overcomer, the everyday hero who finds the strength and determination when faced with adversity.


2Jan

How to fight injustice in 2018

Danielle Strickland shares 6 tips on how to fight injustice and make a difference in 2018.


Nov2017

From abandoned baby to modern day miracle

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.”


Nov2017

Is child sponsorship ethical?

Compassion’s child sponsorship model is effective – really effective. But what about the ethics?


Oct2017

How you helped Ian celebrate Christmas for the first time

Last year, you brought Christmas to Ian’s family in Huruma slum, Kenya.


, ,

Oct2017

Pray for the Kenyan elections

Voting is under way amidst tight security in a re-run of the presidential election.


, ,

Sep2017

“I thought I was rubbish, but I am not”

Healing for Ana and baby Cristal.


Sep2017

Where are they now? 15 child sponsorship success stories

Does child sponsorship work? Compassion graduates share how they’ve overcome poverty.