SURVIVAL, SUCCESS & SPORTS IN THE STREETS OF NAIROBI

Glue is one of the most common drugs used by street children. It is cheap, readily available and highly addictive. The substance is huffed out of bottles and results in a debilitating high. Most street children suffer physical and sexual abuse by other homeless youth. 
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The children stumble in to the clinic, high from huffing glue. The chemical cloud carries them away from their reality:

Gangrene. Raw flesh. Wounds that are three years old, cleaned and dressed, again. They’ll return with these same wounds multiple times.

They have a clinic that provides wound care and treats their medical needs as best they can.

One goal of Dr. Stephens is to establish a medical clinic in Kamulu, Kenya, where Made in the Streets is located.

Survival, Success & Sports in the Streets of Nairobi

Dr. Chad Stephens had his work cut out for him when he agreed to provide medical aid to the street kids of Nairobi, Kenya. There are medical assistants there who provide daily care, but they rarely have a doctor to see them.

SURVIVAL: MADE IN THE STREETS

Made in the Streets (MITS) is an organization & orphanage dedicated to housing, clothing, feeding, and teaching street kids of Nairobi. For over 20 years, Made in the Streets has brought Nairobi’s street kids from the slum to the schoolhouse.

Street kids are often neglected and abused, and turn to gangs and drugs out of hopelessness. Through this organization, Dr. Stephens turns his skills towards some of the most mistreated people in the country.

Some of these kids flourish, and return to MITS to foster the next generation.

SUCCESS: FRANCIS MBUVI, MENTOR OF THE STREETS

The man shown above is Francis Mbuvi. He’s the Lead Administrator of the orphanage and a Church Preacher. He’s also an MITS alumnus.

Here are some facts about Francis 22 years ago:

  1. His favorite things were marijuana and moonshine.
  2. His primary occupation was selling drugs on the streets.
  3. He had no shoes.

He started out as most street kids do--impoverished and aimless. And, as most street kids do, he was faced with a choice: death, jail, or a frighteningly unfamiliar future off the streets.

He’s now a highly respected leader in the organization and a man of God.

Today, you won’t see the struggles he faced. They don’t scar his expression or his words. But his experience is what makes him a successful guide for kids who choose a terrifying new path far from anything they’ve ever known on the streets of Nairobi.

He also would be supportive of a new medical clinic. Without his support, the clinic would remain a pipe dream. Because of Francis’s valued leadership, the street kids are one step closer to accessible medical care.

SPORTS: THE DOCTOR WHO PLAYS BASKETBALL

Dr. Stephens has been working with Made in the Streets for more than five years. On his most recent trip in 2018, he continued his quest to make a medical clinic a reality (and play some great pick-up games with the locals).

Some previous patients also showed up to see him at the clinic, including “Snake,” a boxer who works with MITS. Three years ago, Dr. Stephens cut an abscess out of his bicep with only a wooden spoon for anesthesia.

Off the court, Dr. Stephens was busy seeing patients and searching for a doctor who could take care of the street kids year-round.

You, the patients of Noble Pain Management & Sports Medicine, showed an overwhelming amount of support for this goal. Some of you bought T-shirts to help sponsor the trip, others donated money for supplies, and most importantly, so many of you prayed for the success of the trip.

Your prayers, and our prayers, were heard.

The biggest obstacle to starting a clinic in Nairobi is finding a capable physician willing to dedicate themselves to the practice. Dr. Stephens has been searching for years for a candidate.

This time, while playing basketball, he met a local doctor who may be a good fit for the clinic. Only time will tell if it’ll be a slam dunk.

With the combined efforts of Francis, Dr. Stephens and MITS, this dream clinic could become a reality.

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