In 2005, Alex and Patricia Maina started The Walk Centre, after witnessing cases of extreme poverty in their local area. Before The Walk Centre was set up, many children worked the town’s dumpsite, sourcing valuable materials which their families could recycle and sell in order to survive.

Alex and Patricia felt compelled to help and they rented a small plot of land where they initially invited 60 children to come for a place to receive a daily meal and basic education in Kiswahili, English and Mathematics.