children receive critical childhood vaccinations
through CFK Africa every month
of CFK Africa’s most recent graduating class of scholarship recipients qualified to pursue further education at local colleges and universities
babies are safely delivered at CFK Africa’s Tabitha Maternity Home every month
youth were prepared for an increasingly competitive workplace through vocational skills and financial literacy training last year
girls were supported with critical menstrual hygiene products last year, helping prevent missed school days and infections due to unsafe menstrual hygiene practices
Though we remain committed to furthering our work in Kibera, we realize that our services can impact thousands more living in some of Kenya’s most challenging environments. In 2021, we began expanding our public health and youth development platform to additional informal settlements in Nairobi County and across seven counties in Kenya: Kajiado, Kiambu, Kilifi, Kisumu, Machakos, Mombasa, and Nakuru.
Zuena discovered she was pregnant during her final year of middle school. Raised by a single mother, she understood first-hand the challenges of raising a child alone in Kibera and was worried about what life would look like for herself and her baby. Then she connected with CFK Africa.
Our staff visited Zuena’s home with a mentor, talked to her, shared advice, and offered a scholarship to cover her school fees. She soon re-enrolled in classes and is now in her final year of high school.
“From CFK, I have gained a lot. They applied courage and confidence in me and removed the guiltiness in me,” Zuena said. “I feel like a human being. They have helped me in a way so I can achieve my dreams. If not for CFK, I would not be where I am right now. I am renewed, I am another person, and I love myself.”
Though CFK provided Zuena with a strong support system and relieved some financial pressure, the balance between being a student and being a mother is still challenging. Sometimes she has to miss school to take care of her son or find work to help support the family. Despite the difficulties, she is dedicated to completing her education. She does her school work while her son is asleep and dreams of one day becoming a nurse and making enough money to move her mother and her child out of Kibera.
“I am happy to be in secondary school because it is a path that can take you to a dream,” Zuena said. “As a nurse, I would also like to work with teenage mothers who are in the same shoes that I was. I would like to encourage them and help give others a future so they can become what they want to be.”