Our Theory of Change
Our Theory of Change is based on the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15: 11 – 32). In this Biblical account, a father provides equal opportunities to his sons. When the wayward son does wrong and commits to amend for his wrongdoing, he is welcomed back by his father.
This gesture of providing equal opportunities for growth and reconciliation leads to healing and restoration. Above all, it also informs our understanding of God’s love, favour, provision, mercy and forgiving nature.
Consequently, the boys and at-risk male teens that Lifesong Kenya works with need men who will step up and become father-figures. These father-figures can provide access to resources, hands-on skills, job placements, coaching and mentoring.
That’s why our program is vital for their well-being and that of their communities. It is also the core that builds who we are as channels of positive masculinity, male role models, healing and reconciliation.
Theory of Change Premise
Exceptional young men often blame themselves, their families, community and surroundings for their reality. Their self-esteem and confidence is completely shattered and needs rebuilding.
Our first step is to help them replace old habits with new thoughts and ways of doing things. This calls for transforming their lives, environment and life situations.
Furthermore, the majority of the boys who have been led to commit crimes need time, support and guidance to forgive themselves and to be forgiven since they are already atoning for their mistakes by being in prison and they will have to deal with stigma and rejection once they leave it.
As opposed to the punitive justice system, the approach adopted by Lifesong Kenya is reparative. Our action plan is divided into three moments through which we closely follow at-risk male teens and young men who committed minor offences, and we offer them an alternative: Prevention, Restorative Justice and Reintegration.
Our Budgetary Needs
Our class of 25 boys often lasts for a period of 3 months. This means that we are able to impact 100 boys every year. Additionally, our halfway house program lasts for a period of 3 – 6 months and can host 14 boys at any given time.
This being so, we need resources and funding to facilitate our program activities. This year’s budget totals to Kshs. 3,000,000 ($ 30,000).
We plan to raise this budget by involving 300 people who can contribute Kshs. 850 ($10) per month. For instance, getting 300 supporters translates to each person giving Kshs. 10,200 ($104.64) for the whole year.
This amount will enable us to cater for the following:-
- after-care services
- life coaching
- administrative costs
- skills training
- character formation
- mediation and reconciliation
- transitional housing
- job placements
- reintegration services
- staff and volunteer allowances