Guernsey bicycles donated to The Eleanor Foundation helping street children in Kenya

February 19th, 2014 by Richard Lord

In January 2014, Allister Carey and Jodie Webber of The Eleanor Foundation visited Kenya and Tanzania to establish ties and develop the charity’s work.

Their first stop was a visit to Glad’s House in Mombasa, Kenya.

Glad’s House works to relieve the suffering of street children by trying to reunite them with their families, and help them into full time education and apprenticeship schemes.

Glad’s House was the recipient of about half of the 460 disused and surplus Guernsey bicycles collected by The Eleanor Foundation in 2013.

Some of the bicycles donated to The Eleanor Foundation at Unit 3 of the Braye Road Industrial Estate ready for shipment to Re~Cycle in Colchester and onward shipment to Africa. David Holt and Dave Chilton walk amongst them. (click to expand – ©RLLord)

Some of the bicycles donated to The Eleanor Foundation at Unit 3 of the Braye Road Industrial Estate ready for shipment to Re~Cycle in Colchester and onward shipment to Africa. David Holt and Dave Chilton walk amongst them. (click to expand – ©RLLord)

These bicycles were shipped to Re-Cycle Bikes to Africa in Colchester for packing and shipment to Africa.

“Glad’s House operates a scheme rescuing street children in Mombasa,” Allister Carey said.

“There are estimated to be about 200,000 street children in the region. They can be orphans or run away from home. In the event of a marriage separation and the mother marries a new husband, very often the children from the first marriage are not included in the family group.”

“The street children live without any adult supervision but they do form themselves into strong groups and support each other.”

“Glad’s House takes the children in, feeds them and gives them accommodation, and they receive a basic education.”

The charity tries to reunite the children with their families if they can, or if they fail, they place them with foster families, as the charity doesn’t want the children to become too dependent otherwise they won’t learn life skills.”

“The bikes are delivered into a shanty town called Magongo on the outskirts of Mombasa, where Glad’s House sells the bikes.”

“The proceeds provide funds for Glad’s House to operate its core activities, which is to nurture street children.”

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Replacing the spokes of a bicycle wheel at Glad’s House on 24 November 2011 (click image to expand – image ©Jason Elliot Finch (Flickr photostream))

“Glad’s House teaches the children bicycle mechanic skills and lots of other things.”

“Bokey Achola, a lovely man, runs Glad’s House in Mombasa. He used to box for Kenya and was the Kenyan national boxing coach for a while,” Allister said.

“Bokey met and worked with a Dutch pastor in Nairobi who started rescuing street children years ago and devoted his life to it.  The Dutch pastor died about 12 years ago and Bokey moved to Mombasa to continue the work,” Allister said.

“The children come to Glad’s House from all over Kenya.  The big trucks that transit Kenya carry large tool boxes over their rear axle. The children crawl into the tool boxes and smuggle themselves to Mombasa.”

“The Eleanor Foundation will be collecting more bikes from Guernsey and also from Jersey. Glad’s House may be recipient because they are the agents for the whole of Kenya,” he said.

 

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