In January of 2006, the TunaHAKI kids were evicted from their home when their landlady suddenly doubled their rent. With the help of U.S. volunteers, they scrambled into a new rental down the road. There is no running water, no proper kitchen, they sleep three to a bed, there is poor drainage in rainy season making it hazardous for the children, and they lack the proper space for a classroom or for acrobatic training.
The TunaHAKI foundation is building them a green and permanent home, one with running water and electricity, separate dorms for boys and girls, a vocational centre to train them in job skills, an income-generating garden and farm, and a state of the art training centre/theatre. This new self-sustaining home will accommodate the 20 currently living at the shelter and 80 more just like them – who at this very moment are living on the streets, without food, without education.
And this is not just about the 20 children living at the shelter or even the 80 more we will take in. It’s about promoting family reunification and AIDS awareness, to prevent more orphans from landing on the streets. It’s about making a model for orphanages all over Africa, and all over the world.
Frontline/The World June 2008