When I was in Nairobi last July, I had the chance to spend a month with an amazing woman named, Lenore. She is an Australian who gave up her life back home and dedicated herself to helping save Nairobi's street kids.
I created this GoFundMe page because, right now, a kind-hearted boy that I met while in Nairobi, who Lenore helped through primary school and now into a trade school course in catering, is in need of a major surgery.
John Mwangi was abandoned by his mother in the Nairobi slum when he was 6 years old. He was forced to start fending for himself as a homeless street boy- a "chokoraa". When John was 12, while sleeping under an abandoned building, the building collapsed. Other street kids dragged him to the hospital, where he spent months in a coma. His friends did their best to help him, and even teach him to walk again, but with no family to support him, he recieved very poor care. He is now 16, and, while he was in poor condition while I was there, it is getting even worse.
John needs an intensive surgery to repair his pelvis and urethra, so that he can have a chance at living a normal, healthy life. To get the surgery and proper medical care will cost around 7,000 USD. Lenore has raised 700 EUR (nearly $800), so far for his cause, but reached out to me for any additional support.
At only 16, John has already overcome such tremendous odds. Please consider donating so that he may live long enough to put his kind-heart and hard-earned eduation to use, and become one of the, all-too-few, chokoraa success stories.
If you want more information about the Lenore, or the street children in Nairobi, you can check out some of these links:
•Lenore's organization that helps get kids off of the streets and into school, rehabilitation programs, and safe homes: Alfajiri Street Kids Art (ASKO)
•A short blog I wrote while in Nairobi about Lenore and the street kids: Piper's Blog (Nairobi, Kenya)
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