by Katie Harvey, Storyteller Intern
To see the transformation that happens at MADE IN THE STREETS (MITS) of students coming from the streets to school is something I will always find so much joy in. The process isn’t always easy but the lives being changed will always be worth all of the challenges.
The process all starts with our Eastleigh team. As someone once told me, “without Eastleigh, there would be no Kamulu.” The Eastleigh center and team is a key part in the whole process of transformation. The team has built relationships with many different bases (where the street kids live). They go on weekly base visits and share an encouraging word with the kids and tell them about all about MITS. If a child is 13 or 14 years old, the team then invites them to come to school in Kamulu.
Once the child makes the decision to come to Kamulu for school, they stay at the Eastleigh center for at least two weeks. Here, they start the transition from street life to life in Kamulu. They are given responsibilities here and start learning basic life skills.
When new students arrive in Kamulu, it is a big celebration! The current students and all the staff welcome them in to their new life. The new students then start two weeks of orientation. This consists of meeting all the staff and learning more about what life in Kamulu will look like. At the end of orientation they take a placement exam and are placed into the appropriate classes.
Students move on from the learning center to the skills center at age 16. This is an opportunity for them to learn a skill so that they can go out and get a job after graduation. The skills offered are cosmetology, catering, industrial arts, and computer. They spend 2 years at the skills center perfecting their skill. They then get to graduate and start their lives in the world!
We recently had our largest intake ever with 30 new students joining us! This means that 30 children decided to leave the streets and come to school. God is amazing!!!!
This also means that we have 30 new students who need sponsors! At $25, $50, or $75 a month, you can help with the transformation of a child’s life. Heres a link to find out more! https://www.madeinthestreets.org/sponsorship.html
Heres some of the precious faces that have just joined us in Kamulu!
We are so excited to visit friends and loved ones across the United States in April and May! Check out our schedule below to see which cities we'll be passing through.
April 3-8 • New York City
April 8-18 • Dallas, Texas
April 18-23 • Cedar Rapids, Iowa
April 23-29 • Nashville, Tennessee
April 29 - May 3 • Malibu, California
May 3-7 • Fort Worth, Texas
Follow along via social media to see updates from Brad, Francis, and Joel!
by Haylee Haynes, Spring Teacher's Aide Intern
What I love about teaching is you can find the joy in the smallest moments, and here at the learning center those moments are all around me. The love and joy that the students have for learning and reading is eye opening. They are eager to learn new things and treasure that knowledge as if it was all they had. They long for deeper meanings, more understanding, and insight of how to become more of themselves. Students want to learn, but having an established purpose for each lesson gets them excited to walk through the door everyday to learn something new.
Not only has it been great seeing joy from the students, but the staff included. They pour their hearts into their jobs and their students. When a student is struggling and finally has that “light bulb moment” joy is expressed all around.
Each day has been a learning experience. I see my outlook and teaching change in the midst of a city that has children who take ahold of every word I speak. That is something that I pray that carries with me when I go back home to teach. That God speaks hope to every student that walks through my door, because if their hope isn’t already found in Jesus, the words spoken from me will be from above and there they can find hope and purpose. I pray for everyday to be a joyful and purposeful day for my students.
by Emma Wells, Spring Social Media Intern
I first heard about MADE IN THE STREETS over the summer while attending Campus for Christ at Auburn University. During the conference, many organizations and colleges had booths set up. The members of MITS were giving out bracelets during a break. They were so cute, so I had to get one. While filling out an information card, I learned a little bit about internships offered for college students. Later that afternoon, a short video was played explaining the work MITS did in Kenya and their mission. I saw how children's lives were being changed, and I knew that was something I wanted to be a part of. As a social media intern, I am not in direct contact with the children, but I still can make an impact. I do that by sharing our story of how we are changing lives and showing the love of Christ to people all over the world.
MADE IN THE STREETS is very easy to get involved in. They offer many different internships to match your level of adventure. I knew traveling to Kenya would not be a good step at this point in my life, so I looked for a way to get involved at home. I encourage everyone to get involved somehow. For some people that might be applying for an internship but for others that might just be making a donation to help support our work. No matter what you choose, you will be affecting the children we work with.
by Katie Harvey, 2019 Storyteller Intern
Excited. Nervous. Anxious. Ready. These are a few of the emotions I, and my teammates, were feeling going into training. Signing up to be an intern with MITS came with a lot of unknowns for me, which can be scary. I have been to Kenya before so there were some things that I already knew, which gave me peace. I was so beyond thankful for the training that MITS provided because it answered some of those unknowns I had.
Arriving on Saturday I got to meet two of my teammates, Sarah and Rayelle. Over the next few days we got to know each other better and started to bond. We played cheesy “get to know you” games, ate lots of food, served, learned and laughed a lot together. We got to know more about MITS and what our roles will be there. We got to meet some board members and stateside employees. They shared their experiences and knowledge of MITS that helped us better understand what we were about to go to.
On Sunday we went to church at Otter Creek, had lunch with some board members and that evening spoke with two former interns. Monday we got to go serve at GraceWorks and that evening we did a fun bonding experience! We went to an escape room. It took us a minute to get started but we escaped with 13 minutes left! We’re pretty proud of that. Tuesday we wrapped up and flew out that evening! Thursday we finally got to meet our other teammate, Haylee, and catch her up on all we did. Overall, I’m very grateful for the weekend of training that MITS provided for us.
It's December, which means end-of-year giving season is upon us. At Made in the Streets, it's no secret that we depend heavily on end-of-year giving to make our goals and balance our budget.
Turn your giving into a gift
What if you could give the perfect last-minute gift and make a difference for the world’s most vulnerable children? Give a gift of hope in honor of your friends or family! Your loved one will be thrilled to know that their impact on you prompted you to be generous toward street children in Kenya.
Help yourself out this tax season
Whether it’s due to your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from your Retirement Accounts or Capital Gains taxes on appreciated stock or simply to reduce your current Federal Income Tax liability, gifts given to MITS by December 31 make a positive impact on next year’s income tax filings.
Give now to receive credit for your charitable donations in 2018 and help reduce your taxes in 2019 >>
Need some guidance on how to make your end-of-year gifts, including stock transfers?
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Your generosity makes a difference in the lives of street kids!
On Thursday, December 6th, fourteen graduates walked across the stage at Made in the Streets to accept their diplomas. This year's commencement was the sixth annual graduation ceremony, and we are very proud of all our graduates.
Every year, MITS celebrates graduation along with our annual Family Day. Many family members and parents showed up to support our students and celebrate their accomplishments.
God is good! Join us in congratulating all our graduates, listed below, and wishing them well as they transition into the world.
We asked our students and staff what they're grateful for, and here's what they said.
When you do this for 20 years, you're bound to pick up a few stories and lessons along the way. Thoughts, impressions, news, and highlights from our staff, visitors, donors, students and alumni.