Dorcas lives with her parents and brother. Her parents do not have regular jobs and they get by on the mercies of their neighbors and the odd jobs that they are able to get day to day. Dorcas’ family lives in a one room home made of sticks and mud walls. They do not have any running water in their home, so they must buy water daily in 20 liter jugs from water vendors. Dorcas does not live far from school and she is taken there by her mother since she is so young.
Kibera is the second largest slum in Africa. There is no waste removal or clean water, and open sewage runs through the slum. Education comes with a high price to the children here; they must provide their own supplies and uniform, which they cannot afford. Sponsorship provides school fees, a school uniform, lunch at school, a monthly food basket, emergency medical care, and the Saturday Bible Club through International Needs Kenya.