KITO empowers street youth of Kawangware slum, Nairobi by providing training, employment, scholarships and business incubation. This series represents the youth of KITO.
Prior to his current home, in which he lives with 6 members of a friend's family, Hussein spent between 4 and 5 years on the streets of Kawangware. Upon graduating from KITO's program, he hopes to open a small boutique selling second hand clothes and shoes. (2012)
Mary lives with her mother and younger brother in their one room tin home in Kawangware for 2,000 Kenyan shillings a month (roughly $24 CAD). With her mother ill and unable to work, Mary hopes to attend school to study medicine upon graduating from KITO's program. (2012)
John and Antony.
John and Antony met and became friends while both living on the streets of Kawangware. They now share a one room home, and split the monthly rent of 1,500 Kenyan shillings (roughly $18 CAD). (2012)
Prior to meeting his current roommate and friend, Antony, John lived on the streets of Kawangware for a total of 7 years, surviving off of money earned from collecting plastic and bottles. Now immersed in the KITO program, John aspires to work towards becoming a chef upon graduation. (2012)
Antony's mother passed away from illness when he was 9 years old. His father unable to care for him due to mental illness, and his older sister already living on the streets, Antony spent the following 8 years on the streets before meeting John and working to attain a shared home.
Antony aspires to leave Kawangware upon graduation from KITO, and looks forward to getting a job that will sustain him. (2012)
Robert began living on the streets of Kawangware at the age of 15 when his mother passed away. After 7 years on the street, he met Wiclif Otieno, founder of KITO, and applied for the program. Robert now lives in a stone house with 2 cousins, and through work with KITO, is able to contribute 1,000 KES a month for rent ($12 CAD). Upon graduation, Robert wishes to open a small boutique in Kawangware. (2012)
Wilkister lives in her current home with a family of 6 (her father, mother, sister, brother and 2 nephews). With a shared monthly rent of 1,700 KES (roughly $20 CAD), her mother cleans houses in addition to her brother collecting plastic and bottles from the community. Upon graduation from KITO, Wilkister dreams of going to school to study law. (2012)