Alfajiri (Swahili for daybreak) is a Not for Profit Organisation founded specifically for art creation. Alfajiri offers an art therapy based outreach program and empowerment programs aimed at street children and at high risk vulnerable children and youth especially those living in the streets and slums of Nairobi. Alfajiri Street Kids Art is a registered community based organization that was founded and is currently directed by Lenore Boyd, an artist and a volunteer who came to Kenya working with missionary of charity fathers. Lenore later felt the need to help the street kids out of the street and help them find a better life. It is clear to anyone who spends time with the kids on the street that this is a life of destitution, hunger, desperation and rejection that no one should have to live.
It does not take much to smile and show respect to these children and to give them a hope for the future. Thus the organization strives to support these street kids by giving them a chance to create their own artwork and find their dignity. Their work will be exhibited in art galleries in Nairobi and eventually around the world. The Alfajiri Kids are looking forward to sharing their thoughts and ideas and hopes in their artwork. From this, Alfajiri also aims to find them a safe place to go,a loving and caring home and give them empowerment and good education.
In Kenya there are estimated 250, 000 children living on the streets and 60, 000 in Nairobi, (United Nations data 2015). They are abandoned or forced to flee to the street because of poverty and neglect in their families.
In Alfajiri, we seek viable solutions. The Alfajiri Kids are passionate about sharing their thoughts, ideas and hopes in their artwork and starting a journey of healing and restoration. From this, Alfajiri also aims to find them a safe place to go, empowerment to create a future full of possibilities in a society fraught with dangers, poverty and snares.