Kwetu Peace Homes organization has rescued at least 30 street boys, aged between eight to 14 years, at Uhuru Park, in Nairobi.
The rescuing exercise conducted on Thursday as part of the organization’s ongoing programme, aims at rescuing over 300 street children within Nairobi city.
The Director of Kwetu Peace Homes, Janerose Nyongesa said the boys who have been rescued will undergo counselling to enable them cope with their new life.
“Our work with street children is driven by an understanding that each child is an individual with a unique set of experiences, aspirations and challenges as their welfare is our responsibility,” she said.
The Director added the children will also be introduced to both formal and informal education which will help them develop life skills and secure employment in the future.
“The organization currently has 10 boys in university, seven in tertiary institutions, 38 in high school and over 100 in primary schools,” said Sr. Nyongesa.
Speaking at the event, the Chairperson of Street Families, Mary Wambui announced that the children will undergo rehabilitation for a period of three months and after completion of their learning, those with families will be reunited with their loved ones, while those without families will be taken to children’s homes.
“We want to give these children a chance to grow and heal, away from the street life which is dangerous. This programme also provides an environment in which children have access to education and basic health services,” she added.
She also appealed to well-wishers and the government to help in funding the programme to enable the organization provide for the children.
By Mercy Nkatha and Susan Njeri