Our Why

The Heartbeat of Our Mission

Marlene Maina

“As my mother’s casket was being lowered into the ground, I watched in slow motion as my father threw his hands up in a rage and stormed off—for good. My broken heart could not be comforted. My eyes stayed on my younger sisters only 11, 12 and 15, weeping uncontrollably, their knees giving way. Nothing could describe the dread that gripped me as we slowly walked away from that grave into what felt like a black hole of a future. We were homeless, trapped in hopelessness, successfully silenced by the shame of losing—everything. Two things I simultaneously longed for: death, or a place—a place where seeds of hope could stand the chance to germinate out of the darkness of my young broken heart.

 

MARLENE ONGWENY MAINA  -  Chair and Founder, JosiahKids Incorporated

Our Why

it is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men

- frederick douglass

Every 9 Minutes
Child Sexual Abuse
2nd Leading Cause of Death
adolescent suicide
One In Five
Teens
prescription drug abuse
One in Twenty 8th Graders
middle school drug use
140 Million Children
Orphaned 
worldwide
400,000 Children
In the Foster Care system
Every Year 700,000
homeless
youth
15yr - Victim Average Age 
child sex trafficking
One-Third
of Children
Physically assaulted

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