With your help, we have managed to raise funds for the purchase and reconstruction of a new shelter for our offspring.

While we show our boys a better way, we educate them, so our experience grows with them. Unfortunately, the number of street children in Kisumu city is also increasing.

Until recently, we used a rented house for the activities of the St. Philip Neri Rehabilitation Center (SPNR). After consideration, discussions, and reevaluation of options, we decided to move to our own premises. We found a nice house near Lake Victoria, close to our former location.

However, this house had been unused for a long time. We needed to renovate it properly and adapt it to our needs and local legislative standards for the children's center. We had to reintroduce electricity and water, reinforce the structure, lay new tiles in several rooms, set up a kitchen, build outdoor dry toilets and a football field. We also had to adapt the accommodation areas, the social room with dining area, and the indoor bathroom.

For all of this, we owe you a humble 'Thank you, God bless you!' However, as always, the main sponsor was the University of Health and Social Work of St. Elizabeth, which significantly contributed financially to the purchase of the property. For all other expenses mentioned, we relied on the goodwill of people. We are pleased to announce the successful completion of this project!

What Are We Doing?

We are looking after the poorest, most vulnerable individuals scattered in the streets of Kisumu town. These are minor boys abandoned by their families, left for the favor of an unpredictable tomorrow, on mercy of a by-passer. Street boys rarely enjoy any empathy. The life treats them harshly. Humanity though offers them a second chance. If they show the good will and cooperation, we do our best to help them to escape vicious circle of drug abuse, show them the right way and help them to walk further, until independence. This path is full of obstacles and challenges, almost on every step. You can understand how we manage to drive them out of the drug abuse, reintegrate them back to their communities and help them to grow and fluorish in this following section.


Our goal is the complex transformation. Step by step - from the first knock on our gate, through the process of rehabilitation leading to a successful reintegration into the community.


Since our beginning in 2016 we worked with 157 children altogether. From these we managed to reintegrate 29 children into their original communities. With our assistance 32 children successfully accomplished the primary education.


The sum of housemates in our SPNR centre is very fluid. At this time we shelter 11 boys, 5 on primary school, one studying secondary. 3 boys are in the initial rehabilitation stages. You can read about the rehabilitation process below on this page.


Since attending school is not free in Kenya, it is a privilege to participate. Many children never get the chance. We currently fund the education of approximately 42 children from our resources. 24 boys attend secondary school.

STATISTIC: More than 300,000 children struggle to survive on the streets of Kenya every day

According to the central government of Kenya, in 2018, the number of street children was estimated at 300 thousand souls, ranging from the age of 4 to adulthood. However, the accuracy of this number is questionable. Most of these children survive from day to day, while notoriously abusing cheap inhalant drugs like jet fuel and shoe glue, as well as herbal drugs, such as khat and marijuana. The long term effects are fatal. After years of inhalant abuse, the child is no longer able to learn new skills or absorb any complex information. Due to various diseases, malnutrition, violence or drug related problems, the lifespan of these poor individuals rarely exceeds 25 years. Street children are expelled from any social interaction with other population, by being ignored or physically intimidated. Such woeful circumstances form the vicious circle of drugs, robberies and violence, which makes it almost impossible for them to escape this misery. Those children are usually exposed to multiple forms of abuse since the early childhood, therefore their traits of behavior are fundamentally damaged.

  • We have a safe home where we try to live as a family. We provide all basic necessities, such as food, shelter, clothing, medication and recreational services. We are ensuring a proper rehabilitation process thanks to our qualified social workers who help in recruitment, admission case study and ongoing counselling of street children.

  • First Contact & Admission Process

    the relation to the family and its issues, as well as with experiences of substance abuse.

  • Rehabilitation

    The purpose of rehabilitation is to rid the child of the habits of the street that helped him survive until coming to us. However, these habits are unacceptable for a proper life in the community.

    For the success of our work, it is necessary to fulfill all phases of the process in SPNR. However, the rehabilitation part of the program is the most complicated and risky, both for the child and for our team. This is because ex-street boy must give up his deep-rooted habits of survival from the street and accept, understand the new reality and chances within it.

    child’s heart, we believe that the kindness, consistency, perseverance and especially heartful care can make a child witness the good side of mankind. We hope that in the future it may help (whether rationally or emotionally) them at those crucial moments of choice.

    We believe, that a non-invasive way of instilling a sense of discipline within our SPNR ‘culture’ can reform the perception of personal priorities of our pupils.

  • Education & Reintegration

    In order to get a boy into an elementary school class appropriate to his age, we need to identify and fill gaps in basic knowledge. Some of our boys have never entered any school facility until thirteen years of age. On the contrary, some little comrades have completed a handful of school years. Our approach to the lessons must thus be quite individual, each of the attending pupils lacks a different skill set.

    As mentioned, SPNR is a temporary solution, our goal is to place the child back in the community, so that he can be prepared for individual life. Living in our center until the end of primary education must therefore be a last resort.

  • New Life

    At the end of a successful rehabilitation process, the outgoing young adult is able to distinguish Good and Bad, to follow the right path indicated by the basic christian values and general rules of the peaceful coexistence in the human society.

    We know that we’ve accomplished our mission, when our ex-pupil completes the formal education (whether it is secondary school or university depends on individual skills) and is being able to find a sustainable job, or even to start his own small business.

    Our hearts rejoice as we see small-big miracle: an abandoned child with a minimum hope, grown to a wise adult able to establish a healthy family. Becoming a good parent who understands the absolute necessity of love, education and patience imperative to raise his own children.

    It is a common knowledge that the Family is a basic social unit. The well-being of nuclear families is key to a healthy, prosperous society. The transformation needs to begin both from the bottom (our work) and from the top. The Kenyan government and charitable organizations, such as SPNR, collaborate closely in order to ensure the efficient symbiosis of legislation and our procedural guidelines. In this way, step by step, we reverse the adversity of fate and raise faithful, responsible fathers of future families. These shall be learned from their parents mistakes, rather than to repeat them. Thus they break the vicious circle and raise their own children to prosper and contribute.