Fridah Ayoti Okonya
Fridah lives with her mother, two brothers, and two sisters in Silanga village in Kibera. Her father is deceased and mother is the sole provider for her family, only able to provide for basic needs. They live in a one room home made of sticks and mud walls with no running water in their home. They must buy water daily in 20 liter jugs from water vendors. Fridah’s mother works as a casual laborer, looking for work on a daily basis but does not have a consistent income.
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.