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'The Walk Centre' is a non-profit organisation committed to helping the children and families of the Hilton slum area in Nakuru, Kenya. Aiming to provide the children with the basic human right to education, regular meals and offer them an alternative way of life – also giving their parents or guardians a skill to be able to support their family to have a better life, different to that which they have unfortunately been accustomed to.”
The Hilton slums, home to the students attending The Walk Centre currently resides on Nakurus’ rubbish dump. The Community experiences poor health and poverty and extremely high levels of unemployment.
Government nursery and high schools require fees beyond the means of the local residents. Due to this, local teachers established the needs of the local children and so started The Walk Centre.
The walk centre began in April 2005 to cater for the children of the local Hilton slum, Nakuru, Kenya. The centre provides children with basic education, regular meals and emotional support, as well as financial assistance to enable locals with access to medical care, food and basic housing maintenance. The centre currently caters for 200 students, all learning basic maths, science English and Swahili.
Once the children have completed nursery they then continue onto primary school, still attending the walk centre for their meals. Primary schools in Kenya require all students to have a school uniform and must bring their own stationary supplies and desk! These can be very expensive for the locals so the walk centre helps and assists with these costs where possible.
In 2008 the centre started to offer adult skills classes for those living in the Hilton slums. The classes include sewing, machining, carpentry, building, and leather works. These classes enable these adults and young adults to gain the skills required to gain employment to support themselves and their families.