Bakari joined us on 20th April 2010
From where Bakari started his life ...............
Bakari is the brother to Hadija and Hassan, he is also the cousin to Ali.
In 2010, after the death of his mother, his grandmother took on the responsibility of all four siblings.
His fathers whereabouts was unknown. There were also other children being looked after by his grandmother - in this area of utter poverty.The family were identified by The Kenyan Childrens Welfare Society ( a non - governmental organisation.)
Kerry and Patrick visited the home to assess the needs of the children and resue them from their ferral existence.
After the initial assessment, very quickly all of the children were rescued in to the care of Footprints.
Bakari had no birth certificate or clinic card to identify his age and it took 4 year, woring with the Kenyan court system to get him any legal documentation.
On arrival at Footprints it was obvious that there was much to learn.
It took many weeks for Bakari to acclimatise to his new surroundings and accept the certainty of his new life.It was apparent that Bakari had a huge personality, a caring nature and was willing to lean. Starting school for him was a joy.
This is what living at Footprints achieves!
He's a hard working, willing young man and has achieved so much including learning to speak English.
He loves sport including football and running and this passion has helped him achieve his ambition of attending a National Secondary School.
Bakari has become a role model to the other children at Footprints encouraging then to work hard at school and follow their dreams.
When he is home from secondary school he is willing to help the staff around the home and lead activities with the younger children.
It is now wonderful to see this independent young man, who was stealing food to survive 6 years ago, making a difference to other young children, at Footprints.
Bakari - Our Rugby Superstar!
Bakari is now really making his mark, playing rugby for his school. If you are interested to find out more then google The Star, Kenya. Alternatively google Bakari's name as he is mentioned in a number of articles.
How wonderful is his story, from abject poverty to successful sportsman and student at secondary school. These are certainly opportunities he would never have dreamed of without the support and love of the Footprint's family, and that includes everyone who supports Footprints.
Well done, Bakari, everyone is so proud of you.
As we know we can give young people opportunities but they have to take them.
Bakari remains a role model for all of the younger children at Footprints.