Through the Eyes of Children on the Streets

My friends at the Tumaini Children's Drop-In Centre, a project seeking to empower and improve the lives of street children in Eldoret, Kenya, held a very special photography exhibit today.

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Volunteers with the Centre have been working on a photography project where the street children were given disposable cameras and encouraged to capture images from their lives on the streets. Eldoret is the home to about 3,000 street children, who roam the streets, trying to survive as best they can. The children's photos were developed, and the project leader spent hours talking with the children about what the photos meant and what they represented about life on the street. They focused on what the children would want other people to know about their life on the streets and about who they are. Today, the photos, along with the street children's explanations of what they captured, were on display and for sale through a silent auction at the Tumaini Children's Drop-In Centre.

The kids were incredibly proud of their beautiful photos, which were enlarged, framed, and displayed around the Centre.

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The images and the stories captured in heart-breaking detail what it means to live on the streets in a sub-Saharan city.  The trash. The constant focus on getting enough food. The insults and isolation. The pain. How they stick together to stay alive. How children scrape together whatever they can to find a bit of enjoyment in the midst of the trash and troubles.

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I was a big bidder at the auction… 

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