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The Isaiah Trust was begun in 2001, when the two founders, Tim Broughton and Nicky Etherington visited Kisumu at the invitation of a Kenyan Minister, who was in the UK to raise awareness of the problems with street children in his home town.

On this trip they visited some of the rural towns and villages where many of the street children come from, realising the poverty that many people were experiencing and the hardships of life for many.

But one moment was to resonate in both of their hearts. When they stepped onto the City rubbish dump and saw the numbers of children who had made it their home. Jumping on to the trucks as they arrived, scavenging through the remains looking for food or for things they could recycle for some small money, bottles, cans and plastic bags.

In that moment, talking with some of these children about their lives, Tim and Nicky resolved to help in whatever way they could. On returning to England, they set up the Isaiah Trust as a registered charity and began a program of work in Kenya that would begin to change the lives of some of the most desperate of children.

Today, five “Hope Centres” are located around Kisumu, providing outreach, education and training, counselling and support for street children.

A rehabilitation centre at Kibos, 5 miles from the city centre provides a safe environment for children to leave the streets, leave the glue and alcohol abuse behind, get some remedial education and find hope. A similar street outreach and rehabilitation centre operates in Kitale, some 3 hours drive to the North.

Our orphanage at Mamboleo is a small, family environment, providing a home from which the children go back to school and grow into responsible adults.

A foster programplaces children who have just been orphaned into safe families, preventing them from ever reaching the streets.

A farm provides all of the maize required to run the program as well as opportunities to teach some of the children farming skills.

 "The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted to proclaim freedom for captives.."      Isaiah 61:1