Melvin lives with her parents, brother, and sister in Gatwekera village, Kibera slum. Melvin is from a poor family. Her father is a casual laborer and her mother is a house wife. They live in abject poverty on less than a dollar a day. They do not have running water in their one room, mud brick home so they buy it from water vendors.
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 hamper, emergency medical care, and the Saturday Bible Club through International Needs Kenya.