Rafiki Home’s Building Bridges project is a complete care programme for children at risk of forced labour exploitation, sexual abuse and drug use due to family circumstances. Most of the families we work with have been struggling with extreme poverty and lack of resources, often in addition to poor health, including HIV.
This project started life fifteen years ago as a grass-roots market gardening project for vulnerable women living in extreme poverty. Most of the members had struggled with issues like domestic violence and alcoholism in the family, leaving them unable to provide for their children.
Sometimes due to difficult circumstances families break down and there is no-one to provide the support and wisdom all young people need to become successful parents.
With so few local resources young people can be at risk of looking for support and community from street gangs.