BRADLEY KIVAIRU

CEO

Smile Ambassador, SFK Founder, Youth and Kids Mentor, International Community Development expert

Who are we?


SMILE FOUNDATION KENYA, is a registered non-profit organization that helps street children, street connected children,  the homeless and at risk kids in Kenya. It was founded in the year 2013, by Mr. Bradley Kivairu Ajega who has a passion to positively impact humanity and the community around him. The organization was formed in response to alarming and uncontrolled growing rates of crime, deaths, unemployment, homelessness,  physical, sexual and emotional abuse, unplanned pregnancies, HIV/AIDS, starvation, sexual exploitation, drug abuse and trafficking among street children/families in Kenya.


Smile Foundation Kenya is a CERTIFIED TAX EXEMPT organization by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

Our Slogan:

Inspiring Fresh Hope

MISSION

Working to achieve a secured future through economic empowerment, skill and talent development for street children and families.

VALUES

As a charitable organization committed to our causes, we uphold the following core values.


Integrity, Excellency, Creativity, Commitment to success, Teamwork, Professionalism, Transformation, Community, Inspiring, Risk-taking, Ethical, Visionary, Accountability, Consistency, Growth, Responsibility, Achievement, and Empowerment.

VISION

Provide evidence based solutions and practical street exit strategies for disadvantaged children and families.

ORGANISATION OBJECTIVES

Mobilizing

Smile Foundation Kenya reaches out to Street Children/Families with intentions of forming a long lasting bond and relation by visiting them at the street level and also by hosting events with the homeless, where members of the community; participate, interact, show love, affection and appreciation to street children/families. The government, law enforcers among other stakeholders are involved in discussions that help mitigate the street children/families problem.

Statistics

Smile Foundation Kenya researches and provides verifiable data and information pertaining to street children/families, from different street bases/ organized street groups in Kenya. Information on causes of homelessness, and tried and tested solutions to curb the street children problem is made available to the general public.

Street Exit Strategy

Smile Foundation Kenya programs are geared towards enabling street children/families to successfully and independently transition from the streets and reintegrate back to the community and/or families.

Governance Structure

Smile Foundation Kenya is governed by Trustees who are responsible for making organization policies and decisions, offer guidance and counsel, oversee the organization’s resources, authorize payments among other duties The Chief Executive Officer of the organization in general supervises and controls the day-to-day business and affairs of the organization. Management Team (office bearers) manages the day to day operations and activities within the organization. The Program Department implements different programs and initiatives within the organization. The Resource Mobilization Department is responsible for raising the necessary funds to effectively implement the society’s activities. The Marketing and Public Relations Department is responsible to promote awareness of Smile Foundation Kenya and assist other departments with communications and public relations techniques.

Smile Foundation Kenya

Trustees

Dr. Joseph Mophat Kilioba

Trustee

Has been supporting us for

1 Year

Judge. Mwangi Njoroge

Trustee

Has been supporting us for

2 Years

Prof. Paul Ochola

Trustee

Has been supporting us for

1 Year

Mr. Sam Abwoga

Trustee

Has been supporting us for

1 Years

Mrs. Cathrine Juma

Trustee

Has been supporting us for

1 Year

Dr. Reginald G. Flynn

Trustee

Has been supporting us for

1 Year

Mr. Bradley Kivairu Ajega

Trustee

Has been supporting us for

7 Years

Smile Foundation Kenya

Management

Eng. John Maina

Management

Has been supporting us for

5 Years

Mrs. Jecinta Indeche

Management

Has been supporting us for

1 Year

Mr. Edward Maina

Management

Has been supporting us for

3 Years

Mrs. Margaret Akech

Management

Has been supporting us for

2 Years

Ms. Kentis Khisa

Management

Has been supporting us for

1 Year

Mrs. Bithian Mureithi

Management

Has been supporting us for

1 Year

Mr. Isaac Mitau

Management

Has been supporting us for

1 Years

Smile Foundation Kenya serves two target groups of people living in the streets

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The first group that we serve is street children under the age of 18 years, both boys and girls whom we rescue from the streets, thereafter settle them with their families, relatives or a carefully recruited caregiver. We help them access high quality education and medical care. We also identify and nurture their skills and talents with intentions of securing their future by helping them to identify and pursue their career paths. We are currently supporting 3 talented boys.

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The second target group that we serve is street families between the ages of 18 and 32, both men and women whom we encourage and support to form organized street support groups. We thereafter provide capacity building, mentorship and entrepreneurial training to the whole group; leadership skills training to the leaders/representatives; and eventually support the organized street group to start an income generating activity which is monitored and evaluated by SFK to ensure program success.

There are three main classifications of People living in the streets (Street children/families)

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1st Classification

The first classification includes people born and raised in the streets; this category call streets their home. They have nowhere and no one to turn to.

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2nd Classification

The second classification includes people who live on and off the streets; this category consists of individuals who have families and relatives. They often decide to run away from their homes and return back when conditions are favorable. Most of them run away due to different factors - poverty, family violence and peer pressure tops the list.

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3rd Classification

The third and final classification include people working in the streets. This category often has a place to stay and only go to the streets to work and spend time with their friends in the streets. When night falls, they go back to their families and houses.

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It was estimated in 2007 by the Consortium of Street Children that there were 300,000 children and families living and working in the streets across Kenya, with more than 60,000 of them in Nairobi.

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