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Mother determined to improve her family's life

Through family support, families can achieve independence.
Through family support, families can achieve independence.

“I found a family in SOS”, says Dina, as she holds in her lap her 9-year old disabled daughter, Elizabeth. Dina and her seven children live in a slum in the coastal town of Mombasa, a bustling and vibrant city on the Kenyan coast. Thanks to our family support work, Dina is now determined to create a better life for her family.

For the last four months, Dina has been benefiting from the family support work SOS Children is carrying out in her community. “Finally, I have someone like SOS social worker Solomon to discuss my family problems with. His advice helps me to find a way to improve our lives.” The initiative that started in Mombasa five years ago currently has 376 beneficiaries, including 219 children. Our family support coordinator, Priscah Wacera, says, 

“We help our families to come up with a family development plan that is monitored by us, and we train them in business and financial management as well as parenting skills. We also offer counselling and therapy sessions. Our family support work is capacity building.” 

"SOS supports my mum to start her business"

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One of Dina’s daughters, Ruth, aged 16, wants to become a surgeon. “We have been in the programme only for a short time, but SOS helps me to study by sorting out my school fees and supports my mum to start her business“, the teenager says. “Sometimes we also get food. Before, there were days when we had nothing to eat.”

Her younger siblings Yvonne, a future teacher, and brother Ibrahim, a 14-year old footballer who writes rap songs, attend the SOS Kids’ Club where they learn, among other things, how to save money. 

So far, Dina Nakhumincha has barely been making a living by repairing and washing clothes and selling water processed by the SOS Village water plant. But “she is a mother who is focused,” confirms social worker Solomon Odupoi. 

Dina's plan to buy a new sewing machine and set up her own business has now been shortlisted for funding from SOS Children. Once the business is up and running, she hopes to be able to give her family regular meals, and pay for school fees and therapy for disabled Elizabeth. 

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