Our hope at Milele is to rescue, restore, and empower street youths in Kitale, Kenya.
Our heart is to see lives redeemed by Christ, families reconciled through grace, and students become change agents in their communities.
We know that the best place for this to happen is in the context of family.
While there are a variety of reasons a child lives on the street, very seldom is it because they are orphaned. While it may seem like they have no family, in most cases they do! At Milele, we seek to reintegrate them with a healthy and safe family member. The safety of the child is our priority and often times that means that a child is reintegrated with a caring aunt, uncle, grandparent, or sibling.
Our program works to empower and promote family dignity over dependence on an organization. We work with the students’ family to encourage and equip them to care for the child. Our social workers and counselor aim to restore the child and the family’s relationship by visiting frequently and working to strengthen the family as a whole.
Milele Home provides a temporary family placement while our social workers seek the best reintegration process for the individual. While youths have oftentimes spent years on the street, this process can take time in attempt to locate a family member and begin the healing and reconciliation process between student and family.
In few circumstances Milele will provide microfinance loans to a family. We work hard to empower students with skills such as farming and taking care of livestock so when they return home, they are able to help provide and empower their own family and community. When a family is strengthened, a community becomes stronger.