Art from Flip-Flops
Located in Karen Village in Nairobi, Ocean Sole is a social enterprise that converts over 500,000 flip-flops each year collected from the shore and creates colorful and wonderful works of art. The profits support beach cleanups, vocational and educational programs, food donations for low-income Kenyans, and conservation programs.
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Through America Share and Micato Safaris, who originated this program, TravelStore has “adopted” two children whose education and living costs for up to ten years are covered by us until they turn 18 and graduate from high school. The program has already helped hundreds of young men and women succeed in life.
SAMSON ODOUR was born on August 15, 2005 and is a double orphan. Samson was the only child born to his mother and father. The three lived together until his mother’s death in 2009 due to tuberculosis. Samson continued to live with his father, until he passed away from pneumonia in 2015. Following his father’s death, Samson was placed under his aunt’s care. Unfortunately, Samson’s aunt could not afford the school fees for Samson rendering his school attendance to be sporadic. However, that all changed for him in May 2016, when TravelStore “adopted” him. Today, Samson is happily enrolled in Ken Academy. Samson still frequents Micato-AmericaShare’s Harambee Centre every day. He alternates between reading story books and completing his own personal studies to pass the time.
ZULKEIR NOOR was born on November 24, 2007. TravelStore “adopted” Zulkeir as our second sponsored child in 2018, Zulkeir is the fourth child in a family of seven. She has three elder siblings, and three younger siblings. All the school-age siblings are in school. Zulkeir’s father works as a security guard at a local transport company, while her mother stays at home and doesn’t have any income generating activitiy due to chronic back pains. Two elder sons are in secondary school and live with an uncle upcountry who pays their fees. Zulkeir’s father was diagnosed in 2006 as being mentally ill and is on medications. Most of the money he earns is spent on medication and there is too little left to meet the family’s basic needs. Zulkeir loves reading story books, drawing and painting. She also enjoys singing and acting in drama clubs in school. She aspires to be an actress when she grows up.
Samson and Zulkeir live in Mukuru, a large slum outside Nairobi, Kenya where poverty is a tragic reality for its residents. Mukuru is on the easteern side of Nairobi, around three kilometers from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. It is estimated that families of five members are surviving on an average of $1.50 per family per day. Mukuru has an estimated population of 350,000+ of which 60% are under the age of 18. There is an estimated HIV prevalence rate of 15%, and approximately 30% to 40% of the children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Mukuru.
HARAMBEE CENTRE COMPUTER LAB (7-2019). In addition to our support of Samson and Zulkeir, TravelStore also contributed to build the new computer lab at Harambee Centre. TravelStore contributed over $13,000 — over 13% of the $100,000 goal to fund this project.
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