School-aged boys who are in need, are usually referred to Ahadi Family Kenya by area chiefs, school principals, pastors, or the Children’s Department in Athi River town, Machakos County. Most are orphaned with no extended family able to care for them. Others are abandoned or abused, or are on the street because of parental neglect or poverty. All are stranded in life for one reason or another, and are vulnerable and many times hopeless. They agree to come live at Ahadi Family Kenya and be helped in the name of Jesus Christ. The local law courts make us their legal guardians. The seven-member board makes admission decisions following the scrutiny of the social worker.
Whenever possible, we keep at least one relative involved in the boys’ lives, and during school holidays, we connect them with a designated relative who often is only able to keep them for short periods of time. We monitor their visits with these relatives, and many times their situations change, or we find out about a distant relative interested in connecting with them, and they can be permanently reunited with this family member, after being released from our guardianship by the court. If the relative is not able to pay for their education, we continue paying those fees, usually in schools that are close enough for the relative to monitor them.