Isaac’s Story

Sarah Francis

When he was 16 years old, Isaac was living on the streets of Nairobi and critically ill from kidney failure.

Living in substandard conditions and sleeping in the rain had taken its toll. Our partner Alfajiri learnt of his situation when he attended its art therapy workshops, and supported him to completely turn his life around.

Isaac received medical care and was then taken to a rehabilitation centre where he first discovered his love of carpentry. At the centre he was delighted to be reunited with his twin brother who Alfajiri had also rescued, and Isaac inspired him to leave his life on the streets.

For the next few years, BTO and Alfajiri supported Isaac with a carpentry scholarship, food and housing while he learnt his trade.

Isaac is now 21 and a fully qualified carpenter. He showed an artistic gift and is now selling his beautifully-made furniture in town and has been provided with his own tools to do so. He continues to be guided by his carpentry mentor and is learning about business management. Thanks to his hard work and the support of our wonderful community, Isaac has overcome significant challenges and is now living his dream.

April 7, 2022

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