Nakuru Boys Ranch - Friends of Federico

Country: Kenya
Location: Nakuru, Rift Valley Province
Beneficiaries: 15 street children between 7 and 14 who are victims of abuse or neglect family.

Nature of the Project

Creation of a Family Home

The Project

The project involves the reconstruction of the "Nakuru Boys Ranch" in order to double the number of children housed; these children are victims of abuse, temporarily removed from their family of origin, in order to allow them a customized path for human, psychological, educational and growth recovery. The "Boys Ranch" which originally possessed a single metal sheet structure, provides a protected family environment, where it is offered to children as they need for their mental well-being, before being reinstated in the family or in foster care. The project is divided into several activities and services: a personal education plan, the help of a psychologist and a "counselor", medical care, manual activities, school, nutritional programs, in a safe, comfortable, clean family environment, with the constant presence of an adult.

A che punto siamo

La Fondazione PRO.SA, grazie agli “Amici di Federico”, ha realizzato una delle due case del Boys Ranch completando così l'intero progetto. Le strutture di lamiera hanno lasciato il posto a quelle in muratura.  Grazie a questo progetto, ora, 30 bambini hanno una casa famiglia, con letti, scrivanie, bagno e cucina e, soprattutto, qualcuno che si prende cura di loro. Ora i bisogni riguardano il poter continuare a dare supporto economico al centro affinchè non venga mai meno lo sviluppo dei vari programmi che permettono di aiutare tanti bambini indifesi.

Where are We

The Foundation PRO.SA, thanks to "Amici di Federico" is realizing the reconstruction of the old Boys Ranch, so that the sheet metal structures are made of masonry to contribute to the improvement of the reception center.

Il contesto

“Welcome to the Family” is a program of assistance, care and support of children living in poverty and disadvantaged conditions that is at the service of the children in the area of Nakuru since March 2007. The activities are divided into three different environments: the Drop-In Center, the Boys Ranch and the Calabrian Shelter. The Drop-In Center is located in the center of Nakuru and offers a first contact and a point of reference for the street children of the city. In the center, some educators operate by daily encountering children who live outside of their families, the educators try to establish a relationship of trust and understand what brought the children on the road. The children are then transferred to the Boys Ranch, outside the city. In this structure plays a path of support and psychological recovery, monitorization and education that lasts about a year. A short distance from the Boys Ranch is the location of the Calabrian Shelter that is two family houses which are home to child victims of abuse. The Drop-In Center, as the first point of reference for the street children in Nakuru, is a place of fundamental importance for the entire program “Welcome to the Family”.
It often happens that the child run away from a violent family situation and problems. On the street they are approached by criminal organizations that exploit and control every moment of lives of the children. Often enter into drugs, sniffing coke to not feel hungry or fear.  Both street children and the abused children lack everything and there are three basic needs to be met: a house, clothes, food, as well as access to education, to primary health care, to care and affection. As victims of abuse, the children suffer from very strong emotional disorders on a personal level. The psychological recovery is, therefore, a fundamental aspect of the program, along with a personalized education plan according to the needs of every guest.