New Canaan's Kiwanis Club recently invited Facing the Future founder and Executive Director Simeon Ajigo to speak on its nonprofit child development facility located in the Kenyan slum of Kibera.

The New Canaan YMCA has partnered with Facing the Future (also known as FaFu) since 2007.

According to information from the Y in Kibera, nearly 1 million people live in an area the size of Central Park without clean water, electricity, plumbing, trash removal, adequate food, or medical facilities.

Seventy percent of the population is under the age of 14, including 50,000 orphans.

Facing the Future presently serves more than 250 children, providing them with food, education, medical attention and overall support.

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The Y's partnership, thanks to gifts made to its Annual Support Campaign, has included helping to provide two meals a day to the children, proper uniforms, medical supplies and school supplies, along with multiple service trips, and working with the Facing the Future board to help create long-term sustainability.

Ajigo, the Y's main contact, visited the United States for the first time this month and has been speaking to various groups in New Canaan regarding life in Kibera, the progress that Facing the Future is making, and how people can get involved if they like.

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