Miale Social Development Programmes
Miale, which means ‘sun rays’ in Swahili, is the name of the social development programmes dedicated to giving vulnerable children in Kenya the opportunity to go beyond ‘just surviving’. We believe that every child has a right to a secure family environment and access to education. By satisfying these basic needs children are supported in developing their talents, self-belief and potential, helping them to achieve a brighter more secure future.
Established in the city slum of Kibera, Nairobi in 2006, ‘Miale Child Support (CSP) was the first of the Miale Programmes. The Outreach Programme followed in 2009 and covers the outlying region of Kandara in cental Kenya.
Miale aims to help and support children who face a life of child prostitution, drug abuse and drug trafficking to rise out of poverty and take charge of their lives.
In Kenya a team of qualified social workers work closely with schools in Kibera and Kandara to identify the children most in need of support. Home visits and close communication with children and guardians is necessary to gain an understanding of the situation and requirements. There are currently 132 children over 4 schools in Miale CSP and 80 children in 9 different schools in Miale Outreach. Tuition fees, exams and registration of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education Standard 8 exam are all paid for through the programmes. The children also receive a school uniform and lunch and are given monthly and weekly food essentials to ensure that the children are fed at home. This food is often shared by the whole family.
There are regular counseling sessions with the children and their guardians to check on the structure and relationship. Peer group discussions help the children to get to know each other through sharing stories and learning to respect each other. Out of school activities include a library and the children are encouraged to take part in fun activities through the Miale Sports Project. Here they are trained to play football, netball and other games which helps them to develop new skills and helps with their social development.
Miale Scholarships are available to primary school children attaining the best grades in Class 8. The programme enables them to join the Secondary schools in their area and pays school fees, provides school uniform, food, etc. The children with lower marks can access vocational training and acquire new skills. The Miale Apprenticeship Programme helps young adults who have a specific interest in fashion and design, hair dressing, mechanics, etc. to take part in vocational training. For those taking part in the 18 month apprenticeship programme run by Johari Designs they can further develop their skills through employment with Johari Designs.
An increased number of children passing exams, improvement in health and hygiene and the rise in confidence and self esteem are all testament to the positive impact the Miale Programmes are having on the children. Follow their progress by visiting our blog.
Case Studies and Stories
Stories and updates from some of the children on the Miale Programmes.
A Story of Hope - Geoffrey Kimani's Story
Top Girl for - Mercy Waceke
Miale Star Pupil - Alyfa Kamau
Learning new Skills - Kevin Kihika
Read Maureen's story
Read Anne's story
Read Irene's story
- Fantastic Total Raised From George Heriots Sleepout!
November 14, 2013
- George Heriot's Big Sleepout for Charity
November 12, 2013
- Paraffin Distributed In Miale Outreach
October 23, 2013
- Miale Football Team Learn New Skills
October 18, 2013
- New School Uniforms for Outreach
October 17, 2013