Getting Children off the Streets in Kenya: The Zawadi Rescue Center 

Getting Children off the Streets in Kenya: The Zawadi Rescue Center 

In late September 2023, we rescued 34 children living on the streets in Kenya.  This is the story of how it happened.

Across the globe, 16.6 million children have lost one or both parents to HIV; 90% of these orphans are in sub-Saharan Africa[1]. In Kenya, the public social welfare system struggles to manage all of these children. The kids simply have nowhere to turn. It is estimated that 250,000 children are now living on the streets in Kenya[2].

Sitting in the northeastern shadow of Mount Kenya is the city of Maua. This little city was home to over 50 boys living on the streets. They were so young – twelve, thirteen, fourteen; the youngest was only ten years old. For about 10% of the cost of feeding themselves, they could instead buy a very toxic form of glue. Sniffing the glue gets them high and suppresses their appetite. The boys walk around in a daze all day, temporarily lose their fine motor skills, and are vulnerable to long-term brain damage. 

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International Disability Day: What You Can Do To Help

Today, December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD)! This important day is celebrated around the world to help promote the rights of individuals with disabilities so that they can grow and thrive within a more inclusive, equitable, and accessible society.

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Sponsor a Child’s Education in Argentina With OGA

Sponsor a Child’s Education in Argentina With OGA

Luena Foundation is proud to announce an alliance with OGA (Old Grads Michael Ham), an Argentinean non-profit that has been working with underprivileged children in the outskirts of Buenos Aires (Villa Martelli) since 1935. Through three separate programs, OGA provides educational, psychological and emotional support to more than 175 children. OGA offers infants, children, young adults and their families a community environment, a place of care, support and nurture where kids in an at-risk community receive support throughout their school years as well as tools to develop their social and emotional skills.

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Realized Efforts in Cochabamba: September – December 2018

Realized Efforts in Cochabamba: September – December 2018

We recently concluded our time in Cochabamba, Bolivia and have set out to explore South America and get to know other organizations across the continent.  Amidst a whirlwind of semi-packed suitcases and organizational details, we wanted to take the opportunity to enumerate the ways the Luena Foundation has made a positive impact on the organizations we’ve chosen to support here since our arrival in September.  It seems like it’s been only a short time here in Cochabamba, but we all feel as though we’ve accomplished a lot!

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