Simon is 28 years old. When he was 11 and in grade three, he dropped out of school.

Chalice working with Njiru Stars in Kenya - building small businessesHe ran away from home to look for work. A family took him in as a cattle herder. One day, bees attacked the herd, causing two of them to die. The owner placed the blame on the young child.

Simon was really scared, and he ran away to the nearest town. That is how he started living in the streets. He grew up in the streets in the town of Eldoret and later relocated to join street boys in Nairobi. To survive, he had to fight many street battles and in some instances, he suffered serious injuries. Other times, he was apprehended and sentenced to jail. 

Simon is now the chairperson of Njiru Stars. He thanks Chalice and its partner, ILEG, for helping him to change and become a better person. He is no longer in trouble with the police. Simon, through Njiru Stars, benefitted with workspace. He started the 'Simon Milk Parlor' to sell fresh milk, mostly in the mornings, and sour milk/yogurt at luch time and in the evenings. He has made arrangements with a farmer who delivers fresh milk to his business. His dream is to supply fresh dairy milk and different types of dairy products to the families in Njiru. To improve his business, he requires an ATM milk machine, an oven, and a deep freezer at a cost of Kes. 299,800 or CAD $3,893.50.

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Chalice Njiru Stars helping the community in KenyaNjiru Stars support the community during COVID-19 pandemic

In this difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic, members of Njiru Stars group have been in the forefront to help families who have been rendered jobless and are worried and anxious about what the future holds for them.

The children, who have been confined to their homes for long hours every day are restless and agitated, and this has heightened quarrels among siblings. Njiru Star members have come up with a plan to engage the children.

Across from their place of work, they have organized a playing field for the children and placed them in small groups according to their age/size. The members purchased a football for the children. Each day one group comes to the field at a particular time and when their time is up, they go back home. The mothers are happy to see their children happy and friendly toward each other.

Erick was chosen as the leader, and organizes the children. The other members check on the children to ensure they get back home safely. 

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