Nairobi Street Children Sought in Ksh 40 Million Campaign

  • Street children living in Nairobi.
    street children living in Nairobi.
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  • The Nairobi County Government launched a campaign to trace and rescue street children.

    The Street families Rehabilitation Trust Fund (SFRTF) started a four week rapid response exercise that saved 30 street kids.

    The SFRTF Chairperson, Mary Wambui, launched the exercise at Uhuru Park and mentioned that parents of the children would get money to take care of their families and start businesses. 

    Kids aged 8-14 years old in the campaign will get educated and be united with their families.

    Kwetu Home of Peace will educate the 30 rescued children. 

    Sr. Caroline and Don Lucey at Kwetu Home of Peace Kibra
    Sr. Caroline and Don Lucey at Kwetu Home of Peace Kibra
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    After three to nine months in the programme, they will rejoin the community. 

    Ksh12 million will be spent on uniting street families, monitoring child homes, education and therapy sessions. 

    According to an SFRTF Census in 2018, there were 15,337 street persons in Nairobi. 

    In the census, most of the street persons had primary school level education but did not go to secondary school. 

    Influence from friends was the reason children aged 10-14 years were living on the streets.

    Living on the streets since birth, broken families, caning and poverty are the other reasons street families do not have homes. 

    The report concluded that access to health care services as well as safe environments would solve the problems street families face. 

    A hospital bed at Waithaka Health Center in Nairobi.
    A hospital bed at Waithaka Health Center in Nairobi.
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