ICAN – Impoverished Children’s Assistance Network

Bridges International Development African missions (Meru, Kenya)

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27

In Africa many impoverished families are financially unable to take care of their children especially if one or both of the parents have died. The Impoverished Children’s Assistance Network (ICAN) is a ministry program developed by Bridges International Development, Inc. to assist vulnerable children so that they can remain with their family or become part of another safe and encouraging family group where they can learn and grow without fear of abuse or abandonment. The ICAN program is an alternative to children living on the street or being placed in an orphanage. By providing some economic assistance the ICAN program makes it possible for a child to remain with their family or in another family group. The family receiving the assistance agrees to keep and nurture the child in a family atmosphere. In the ICAN agreement the family receiving the assistance is not given money to keep the child.

The children and the families may be assisted with food, clothes, life skills training such as education about HIV/AIDS and personal hygiene, medical treatment, counseling, personal empowerment training, and Christian instruction. School age children may also receive school uniforms and have some or all of their school fees paid.

The selected children and families are monitored on a monthly basis by a staff member of Bridges International Development – Kenya.

Two of the first children selected for the ICAN program are three year old twin boys, Brian and Victor, who are being cared for by their almost 100 year old grandmother.  (see picture to right)

Another selected child is three year old Irene who is cared for by her grandmother and great grandmother. ( see picture below)

The seed money for the ICAN project was provided by a very mission minded church in Dalton, Georgia.

For only $50 per month you too can be part of this project and help provide for other vulnerable children in Kenya.

Sarah, our coordinator in Kenya writes us saying, “We have nothing to give back in return for your help and love, its only God who will pay you.”

Elementary children

High School students