Rural-Urban migration, high population and berakdown of family units in Kenya have led to poverty and present new challenges to a culture that values community and personal relationship. The last survey of UN Habitat of 2006 found out that approximately 72% of urban populations in Africa still lived in slums and informal settlements.
Due to death of parents and lack of job opportunities, most children and youth in Mathare slums and other parts of Kenya today struggle to not only survive but also to provide for their siblings. Many of these young people are determined to better their lives and the lives of their siblings. However, the conditions in which they operate present them with enormous challenges.
Despite overwhelming temptations to succumb to realities of slum life, which includes gangs, drugs and prostitution, few young people commit their lives to Christ, succeed in their academic endeavors and show tremendous leadership potential. The situation calls for innovative and comprehensive strategies to engage equip and encourage the growing number of disadvantaged children and youth. Because of our commitment of developing well-rounded individuals, all the children who qualify for our high school education scholarship are enrolled in the mentoring program.
OneLife Africa is committed to walking alongside these disenfranchised young people by providing them a safe and healing environment to grow, learn and lead. We offer quarterly mentoring activities and encourage young people to form one-on-one transformational relationships with experienced and trusted mentors to encourage spiritual and personal maturity.