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Footballing siblings Eniola and Sone Aluko have joined forces with Soccer AM's Rocket Long to help Kenya's street children.
The trio have been appointed as Ambassadors for Glad's House, a UK charity which is working to lift the street children of Mombasa, Kenya out of a life of horrendous poverty by providing them with a place to live, education and training for the future.
For a number of years, Glad's House has given the children a taste of a normal childhood by running sports sessions and Soccer AM's viewers have generously donated thousands of football shirts. Rocket has already seen their work first hand, having visited Kenya in 2008.
The charity will start work this year on a permanent refuge which will house up to 60 children at a time.
England International Eniola Aluko moved to the UK from Nigeria when she was one year old but maintains strong links with Africa. Her brother Sone plays in the Scottish Premier League with Aberdeen and is a member of the Nigerian international squad. Both of them are delighted to be supporting Glad's House.
Eni comments: "My brother and I have both gained so much from having sport in our lives and also having a supportive family and many opportunities. We want to help those children who have no opportunities and no hope.
Sone adds: "Growing up with a supportive family around and coming through a professional football set up, I realise the great opportunity and platform it gave me in life to achieve some of my dreams. My sister and I are honoured to be made ambassadors of Glad's House, an effective charity dedicated to giving the street children their own opportunity to a live meaningful life.
Work on the Glad's House Refuge will begin this summer. It will be built from scratch and will be designed to provide a safe launching pad for the rest of the child's life.
Children will stay at the refuge for up to six months at a time and, ideally, will then return to their parents. Where this is not possible, the children will be placed with foster families and attend local schools. Children who have missed too much school to return to the system will be helped to learn a trade or find an apprenticeship.
Rocket Long says: "Everyone at Soccer AM - viewers, presenters and producers - has been very impressed by the work of Glad's House. When you see for yourself what can be done by a few determined people, it makes you want to do more. So I am thrilled to have been made an Ambassador for their work."
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