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Kakamega County Constitutes Street Children’s Welfare Consortium

The Stakeholders in children’s issues in Kakamega have come up with a consortium to champion for the Children’s Rights.

The County Coordinator of Children Services (CCCS), Masika Wasike, said the Kakamega County Children’s Welfare Consortium (KCCWC) would be charged with rescuing, rehabilitating and re-integrating the street families.

The group draws its membership from government agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations and religious bodies.

Masika who was addressing the members during adoption of the consortium constitution at the County Education Boardroom on Tuesday, said they would in a month’s time register with the Ministry of Social Services so as to acquire a legal basis for operation.

The Officer stated that through concerted efforts, the number of children in the streets of Kakamega and Mumias towns has drastically gone down.

“The consortium has since January been able to rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate 38 young persons into the community,” he revealed.

He observed that the children move to the streets due to family break-ups, physical and emotional abuse as well as poverty among other reasons.

The Officer pointed out that they have shifted the trend from keeping the victims in homes to holding them for a few months and then taking them back to the community.

By Sammy Mwibanda

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