AfCiC Partners with Cycle Africa in a Mission Ride

AfCiC is proud to be partnered with Cycle Africa, a charity led by four brave indiciduals who set off from London in August 2011 to cycle unsupproted to Cape Town, South Africa.Cycle Africa’s mission is to raise awareness and advocate for the rights of street children and help small, grass roots organisations like AfCiC. AfCiC has been identified as one of the beneficiaries of this noble campaign and it has had an amazing effect on us all. They rode into Thika in March and were welcomed by His Worship the Mayor. In his speech Mayor J Wandui emphasised the commitment of the Municipality in working with AfCiC to ensure that all street Children are placed back in school and with their families. Cycle Africa brought a breathe of fresh air andexcitment into the lives of the street children of Thika by bringing together various actors in the sector including the Federation of Kenya Cyclists, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Services, private sector and universities.

On the 6th of March we held a workshop at the Eton Hotel in Thika. The aim of the workshop was to bring stakeholders together and talk about the plight of street children.The workshop was facilitated by George Nthuka, the District Children Officer for Thika.  Children from St. Patrick’s and Garissa Road Primary made presentations on child abuse, child rights and the issues children face in their day to day lives. In their presentations Prof. Dr. Moni Wekesa of Mount Kenya University and Prof Zipporah Ng’ang’a of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology highlighted the role of the law in child protection and the extent of the problem of street children respectively. The events surrounding the visit by the Cycle Africa team were also highlighted in the media! On 4th and 5th March 2012 coverage was given to the visit in The Daily Nation and Star newspapers, GBS TV, K24 and NTV television networks and the radio station 92.2 fm. AfCiC Director, John Muiruri and Craig from Cycle Africam also made a forty five minutes presentation on street children on the Kenya Television Network (KTN) breakfast show. Cycle Africa events in Thika were concluded by the flagging off of the team by the Mayor, after a breakfast meeting hosted by the Mayor where the council promised to donate a parcel of Land to AfCiC and review its decision to block AfCiC’s hope of engaging youth with porter business in Thika town. Thank you Cycle Africa and good luck on the rest of your journey with a purpose.
Learn more about Cycle Africa and follow their progress on http://www.cycleafrica.org/

Join team AfCiC as we cycle from London to Paris on September 5th – 9th!

Cycle London to Paris

You are invited to join team AfCiC as we cycle from London to Paris on September 5th – 9th
Where will you be on September 7th?  How about on one of the best cycling routes in Europe?

We want to put together a group of adventurous volunteers to undertake this amazing fundraising bike ride for AfCiC. Cycling through beautiful English villages and into stunning rural France you’ll pass historical landmarks and famous battlefields from World War I until you reach Paris. The sense of achievement you’ll experience will be one you’ll treasure forever. If you want to be part of team AfCiC and take part in a challenge of a lifetime simply give Helen a call at the office on 01235 539319 or email development@actionchildren.org and she will send you a full information pack and everything you need to take part in this fantastic event. We really hope you can be part of it.

London screening of ‘Across Kenya’ raises £426 for street children

Across Kenya

“How do you begin to understand the journey of a street child?…Make a journey of your own.”

In July 2010 AfCiC volunteer Chris Howarth did just that. He ran 1000 miles across the entire breadth of Kenya, through 12 major towns and cities. Running the equivalent of 40 marathons in 30 days, through the country’s toughest terrain and diverse landscapes – from the remote mountains and altitude of the Rift Valley and Central Provinces – to the sprawling urban heart of Nairobi – and through the barren, desert roads towards Mombasa. However, this challenge was about far more than just running…

Chris wanted to raise awareness and much-needed funds for street children and the small charities that support them to leave the streets behind for good.

On a sunny Sunday evening in May, AfCiC and the Across Kenya team took over The Roxy Bar and Screen in London. Over 70 guests joined us to watch the film and take part in a Question and Answer session with Chris and members of AfCiC’s Board of Trustees. Over £450 was raised that evening to support AfCiC’s work with the vulnerable children of Thika. Thank you to everyone who attended and made it such a special evening.

Children Lead The Way

Action for Children in Conflict (AfCiC) Kenya in partnership with Save the Children, launched a project named Children Lead the Way (CLTW) focusing on working boys and girls and Children affected by HIV & AIDS in the larger Thika District i.e Ruiru, Kamwangi, Juja, Thika town and Gatanga.

Today’s event which was held at Cravers Inn in Thika was attended by stakeholders working directly or indirectly with children.

Visit us in Kenya

Visit us in Kenya

Street Children’s Programme Thika Welcomes you to spend a day with us…Experience a day in the life of a former street child…

We are inviting you to get off the beaten track and come and visit us in Thika to experience a day in the life of a former street child!

We would like to share with you both our successes and challenges and give you the opportunity to experience a side of Kenyan life that the majority of tourists fail to see.

By spending a day with our projects, we hope that you will have a unique insight into the problems facing many of Kenya’s children and give you the opportunity add another dimension to your stay here in Kenya.

The day promises not only to be a learning experience, but one full of fun and inspiration.

Our dedicated staff and children will make sure that it is something you never forget!

We ask that all visitors contribute a minimum of 1000ksh which includes all refreshments, a traditional Kenyan lunch and a project contribution.

If you would like to stay for a night at our Interim Care Centre to give you more time to explore Thika and nearby attractions (Blue Post Hotel, Fourteen Falls, Ol Donyo Sambuk National Park) we ask for a further contribution of 1000ksh –evening meal and breakfast will be provided.

Project contributions are vital to us to ensure that our programmes are run successfully. All contributions go directly into the running cost of our Interim Care Centre.

 

We would also be happy to accept donations in the form of clothing for the children, sports equipment (especially footballs!)., games and art materials.

If you have any questions or would like to come and visit us, please do not hesitate to get in touch
Kenya@actionchildren.org
www.actionchildren.org
0722 753 137

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