dream of starting osiligi farm, which means farm of hope in a local language,
began with a trip with the Manyota Boys. We went away for the weekend, and
these boys made very good choices; but on the way back, when we asked them
where to drop them, some of them said: ‘Anywhere as we got no place’. We knew
many of the good choices they made will be short lived as it will be hard to
change your life when you live on the street and you need food to survive! We
started to pray for a residential place, preferably a farm, so we could stay
with these boys to give them a chance to really change and get a future.
time Robin (the founder of Afrilift) went to New Zealand, he got a phone call
from a Christian business man (Robert) who he had never met before. When they
met, Robert said that he has money to give for a residential project for
disadvantaged and if we could used that…. Of course that was a yes and amen!
chosen for a project to train the boys in agriculture because of several
is one of the main industries in Kenya. The population is growing and need to
eat. There are always jobs available in farming.
keeps the boys out of town (far from old friends and gangs) as when they are
finished, they will be employed on farms in the country side
– It is
healthy to be out of town, learning about farming and being involved in planting,
harvesting and animal rearing
is based just outside of Kiserian, an hour drive from Nairobi. The boys live here
for a minimum of two years to complete a training and rehabilitation program
that has three key areas:
in the farm through the Kibera project or through the Youth Prison project. The
whole program is based on their own motivation to become good farmers. We use a
point system to grade the boys, points are earned during different activities
throughout the day. On the farm there is space for 30 boys and the range is
normally between 20 and 25 at a time.
program exists of agricultural lessons (both theory and practical, other
education including national exam primary school and boys with learning
challenges, landscaping, horticulture,
business farming, mechanics, social skills, discipleship, basic computer skills
and music. Osiligi has a strong sports
program both in the early evening as in the weekends. There is a place for
football, basketball, gym and boxing. Evenings programs include computerclass,
gamesnight, library, worship and movie nights. On Sundays the boys attend a
local church. When they are emotionally and spiritually mature enough, they are
given a task in church.
end of the 2 year program, students are given either a work placement or
full-time employment at a local farm. These positions are selected to
specifically suit both the student and future employer: We match the wishes of
the farmer with the talents and interests of the boys.
is to transform the boys from street boys, slum boys or prison boys into good
farmers and citizens who are emotionally and spiritually mature enough to stand
in the outside world.
last years, our success rate has been 76 % on average and many of them hold
jobs in farms all over the country while a few others have chosen to be
missionaries to tough areas within Kenya.
the boys to be actively involved in the Kenyan society. Next to being active in
a local church, the boys go on missions and outreaches to help the local
are different ways to help the Osiligi farm:
Monthly: Sponsor a farm-boy for
two years: $50. You will get more information about the boy.
Once: Donate food for a week: $150
Once: Donate for the running costs
of the farm: $100