FIKISHA [fih-kee-shuh]— v. (Swahili) to enable to reach
FIKISHA is a family of loved individuals. In Kenya, FIKISHA is a community-based organization (CBO). In the U.S., FIKISHA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (NGO). We transform together from outcasts to form a healthy community. This happens through friendship, mentoring and opportunities for education and reconciliation as we each walk our necessary steps toward change.
Transforming outcast youth into loved individuals
FIKISHA exists to inspire a cycle of love resulting in healthy communities. The FIKISHA staff and mentors walk alongside street youth befriending them and inviting them into the FIKISHA family. Through programs promoting character growth, educational opportunity and reconciled relationships, FIKISHA enables former outcasts to positively change the world.
In June of 2009, a traveling team of students from Concordia University Irvine unexpectedly encountered a ministry in the slum of Kawangware in Nairobi, Kenya. The ministry—run by a local church—offered street youth who were homeless, runaways or orphans a place of acceptance and community. Seeing the lack of basic needs, drug abuse, sexual assault and fights that were typical of this lifestyle, the team felt a need to respond. As a tangible solution for one little boy, Isaac, the team decided to sponsor him to attend a boarding school. This scholarship led to the desire to start an official nonprofit organization to provide next steps for individuals in similar situations. Group meetings consisting of encouragement, mentorship and feeding were established on the ground in Kenya. Meanwhile, the U.S. team began seeking sponsors for more children to return to school.
Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. Acts 3:6-8