Days ago I met Andrew with his two friends who are street children along University way, Nairobi. It was a cold and drizzling Saturday afternoon and together they were huddled holding glue cans tightly to their nostrils, the glue keeps them warm, Andrew said. Seated on the cold hard pavement, they were dressed in light clothing and worn-out shoes.
I was chatting with the Sparrows American Football Club players as we awaited take-off after a tiring day of training. Regardless, I felt a strong connection to these three street boys that I could not shake off.
Andrew and his friends are a clear representation of the irritating eyesore that plagues all major cities in our country Kenya, the street children. A study conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) back in 2007, estimates that over 250,000 children live on the streets across the country with more than 60,000 of them in Nairobi alone.
Street life is dirty, violent and very short for these kids. The street children struggle to maintain the most basic form of existence. They do lots of stuff including pick pocketing and begging to get a drop of the most basic human needs.
The Sparrows American football Club has embarked on a journey to work with street children in sporting activities. The team is trying to interact with them through playing American Football, you never know, maybe the next Aaron Rogers will come from these not so fortunate children.
These children are full of potential and a tolerant and empowering approach is very essential. Maybe what they might need is someone to listen and gradual assistance from us.
Let’s all help nature the talent in them through American football!!!