Mackline lives with her parents, younger brother, and two sisters in Soweto village in Kibera. Her parents are casual laborers, looking for work on a daily basis. Many days there is none to be found. Her father works on construction sites and her mothers sews clothes. Mackline’s 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. Mackline helps by fetching water and washing cloths.
Kibera is the second largest slum in Africa. There is no waste removal or clean water, and open sewage runs through the slum. 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.