Children living on the streets have no access to an education, and many are forced to work to survive. But one Child Protection Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, is giving these and other vulnerable children opportunities for a better future.
Marvin (left) and Brian, both 13, earn money to survive by collecting scrap metal from rubbish dumps in Nairobi, Kenya. Marvin has been on the streets since the house he lived in with his grandmother burned down after post-election violence erupted in his town. Brian was forced onto the streets because his stepmother mistreated him. Brian has 3 brothers and 5 sisters and only knows the whereabouts of his youngest sister in Mombasa. He and other boys sleep in a mechanics shed on a sports ground in exchange for security and helping the mechanic to set up in the mornings. Neither Brian nor Marvin goes to school, meaning they miss out on their education.
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