FIKISHA [fih-kee-shuh]— v. (Swahili) to enable to reach; to deliver
FIKISHA is a family of loved individuals. We transform lives of outcast youth 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.
As a Boy With a Ball Team, we are part of an international network working to better cities by reaching young people and equipping them to be leaders capable of turning and transforming their communities.
When young people do not get the love they need or are forced to grow up in unsafe situations like extreme poverty, they become vulnerable to making dangerous choices.
At-risk young people are a city’s greatest issue. While the cost may come in the form of criminal activity, dangerous inner cities, law enforcement and social service costs today the far more expensive price tag comes in the future: Lost wages, taxes and possibilities of what these young people might have become. Our cities’ futures are being determined by what we are investing in our young people today.
Healthy youth lead to thriving cities. Hurting youth lead to damaged cities.
The slum of Kawangware in Nairobi, Kenya holds many of the countries estimated 250,000 street children. Life on the street means young people lack shelter, food, clean water, education, and, most importantly, the knowledge that they are meant for so much more.
We believe every person is worthy of love & belonging, and want to help them reach their dreams.
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.
In 2015 FIKISHA officially became a Boy with a Ball team, becoming part of a worldwide network for youth and community development.
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