The Street Boys

Streets of Kitale

Street Boys of Kitale, Kenya in Africa

Every child in Kitale has a story. Some worse than others, some more adventuresome than others, and some that just take your breath away. One of the most fascinating, but yet tragic stories of African life, is that of a street boy.

Turkana (a place that is now being stricken by famine) has a history of tribal warfare. Partially because one tribe believes that all cattle are given to them by God, and that they have the right to kill anyone owning cattle and take back their rightful property. As you can imagine, this has left many children orphaned and abandoned. These young boys soon hear that there is a city in the south called Kitale and are encouraged by their people to go there–believing that it is a rich place with food. There are many stories these little boys can tell you of making rope, wrapping it around the wheel well of  a passing car and holding on to it for hours (hiding above a moving tire) just to reach Kitale.  Once they are here, they are quickly disappointed to find that the stories of food and riches are false. 4-5 year old boys are quickly initiated into the “club” run by older runaways with similar stories. They start on glue and then quickly move to other drugs. The whole gang is run kind of like a mafia–the older control the younger.

Many of my friends back home have asked me, “aren’t you afraid of the glue boys?”, but most of them are not trouble makers, just victimized children asking for money so they can go buy drugs.

But in Jesus there is always hope! I won’t give you names or pictures, but one of my good friends is a former street boy. I am proud to say he just had his first day of high school. He was found by a white family here in Kitale who took him in and raised him as their own. He loves the Lord, has an addiction to Toby Mac, KJ52, and (now that he has been listening to my iTunes account) Lecrea. I guess you could call him a typical teenager–except for his interest in math and science and his future ambition of obtaining an engineering degree in the states. I just don’t think many teenagers back home truly appreciate (nor know) how fortunate they really are. It is a blessing to see God working in Africa and to be a part of  rescuing and caring for as many of these children as possible. Thank you for your help and encouragement!

3 Responses to The Street Boys

  1. todd from NC says:

    just wanted to say hello and have a nice day.

  2. Nate Maas says:

    It’s ironic, America has some of the most privileged and most discontented people around. I wish more people would travel (and not just to Europe).

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