Self sufficiency

Part of Glad’s House ethos is “to offer street children a real alternative to life on the street”, and that’s exactly what we are doing through apprenticeships, training and our ‘enterprise schemes’.  . The programme is designed to teach these children and young people useful skills and about business, to start them on the road to economic well being and independence.

Already a number of young people are no longer living on the street. Instead they are supporting themselves, helping out their families back home, and saving small amounts of money for the future. They have earned the trust of the community and are positively impacting their peers. Through their own hard work and with the help of our Enterprise Scheme Initiative [link], they have indeed achieved a real alternative to life on the street.

Glad’s House Enterprise Schemes provide training and subsequently employment for young adults.  Our businesses include a cyber café, a bicycle repair shop, cobblers, bead jewellery, briquettes (alternative to charcoal), sports shop, and a café .

We have also created an innovative programme in association with Vipingo Ridge Golf Resort, where 44 young people have been trained as caddies and now work full-time on the course.  This project was partially funded by the European Tour and fully supported by the European Tour Caddies Association.

Our future plans include the possibility for a ‘micro-farm’(More information); football manufacturing, brick-making (More information); a ‘community cooker’ (More information); a ‘girls-only’ bakery and possibly a laundry.  We also have the concession to launch a FirstGolf centre in Kenya.  A fantastic concept making golf far more inclusive and providing a training centre (More information).