Support Maryana to reunite missing children with their families
$835 will pay for:
5 Large noticeboards with pictures of missing children and kids that have been found and placed in state care. Parents can call to report missing children as well as to receive free support, counselling and advice on how to find their child.
In Kenya, there is no centralized national database to connect missing children with their families. Hundreds of kids go missing every year due to child trafficking, kidnappings or children simply getting lost in heavily populated areas. Those who are fortunate enough to be found or rescued often have no way to find the way back to their families.
Maryana was working as a PR and Communications consultant in Nairobi when she took on a job promoting education for disadvantaged children. She was shocked to learn how unequipped kids are with basic safety skills despite the challenging environment they are growing up in. She saw a massive gap in the national system concerning what action kids and parents can take to be reunited if they find themselves separated.
Maryana is determined to use her communications skills to address this problem and help families to find each other again. She has set up a platform to share information about missing children using a wide variety of media channels and is collaborating with government officials to try and find the families of children who have been found and placed in state care.
So far Maryana has reunited 70 children with their parents through her work and she’s not stopping there. While using digital communications to reunite families has proved successful due to its wide reach she has noticed a huge disadvantage for families based in slum areas of Nairobi who do not have smartphones or other devices capable of accessing the Internet. For parents who are separated from their children in these slum areas there is no clear system of reporting and finding their missing children and they do not have the means to conduct a thorough search themselves.
For $835, Maryana can erect five noticeboards in high-foot-traffic areas of Nairobi slums. These will host pictures of all the children who are currently missing and of those that have been found and placed in state care. There will be a phone number that parents can call to report missing children as well as to receive free support, counselling and advice on how to find their child.
By choosing to support Maryana’s project you will be protecting missing children and their families from a possible lifetime of grief, isolation and uncertainty.