Friends of Kenyan Orphans has been offered an amazing opportunity!
Through the end of October, The Steven Alan Bennett Charitable Foundation has generously offered to match donations from new donors up to $20,000.00. It’s as simple as spreading the word to your friends and family.
The need is greater than ever! In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, the children supported by FOKO are experiencing an infestation of locusts which have destroyed acres and acres of crops. Compounding this, flooding has washed away farm land so local food supplies have severely dwindled.
If FOKO raises $20,000 by October 31st from NEW donors, we can assist the children in our care with an additional $20,000 matching donation during this unprecedented time. We challenge YOU to engage one new friend, colleague or family member to donate and help us provide for the children we serve.
The Unfortunate Reality in Kenya
Imagine a life spent living on the streets, no guarantee of food or shelter, constantly threatened with physical and sexual abuse, and no access to education. Now imagine you are 10 years old.
This is the unfortunate reality for thousands of orphaned, abandoned and abused children in Kenya today. Young girls (6-12 years old) are often forced to marry older men and must work as their slaves, laboring intensively, caring for livestock, carrying wood and water, and doing their husband's bidding.
Others are orphaned at a young age by HIV and tribal conflict or forced to run away from abusive homes and female genital mutilation – a practice that is still popular in some areas of the country. These children are targeted and sexually abused by both their older husbands and strangers who take advantage of their situation.
Unlike the government funded programs in other developed nations, there are very few, if any, places children can turn to for help in Kenya. Without the fundamentals to survive and the struggles and threats of everyday living, many live in a constant state of stress and fear. Their situation is dire.
Organizations like Friends of Kenyan Orphans provide the means for them to have a chance at a childhood, a life. We've experienced firsthand the impact a helping, loving hand has on the life of these children. The laughter, singing and fun of being a child returns once they feel safe, cared for and are given a chance at a future.
These children are strong and brave, but they can't realize their dreams without your help! You can provide support through a general donation or by sponsoring a child.