Street children in Kisii town had a reason to smile after they received food donations from a cross section of university leavers in the area.
About 30 street urchins Friday received milk, bread and biscuits from the team who are also social workers led by Thelma Nyanduko.
Nyanduko said feeding the urchins was a noble thing to do during the Covid-19 pandemic which had brought along many other challenges including food shortage due to job cuts and closure of businesses.
He said the group had fed the urchins for the last five years, even when they were in university and urged other well-wishers to join the bandwagon saying such a move would go a long way in reducing petty crime rates in the area.
One of the university leavers, Naom Omanga said the number of street children had gone high in the area due to hard economic challenges caused by Covid-19 including lack of basic needs, closure of children’s homes and domestic violence.
Omanga said the street children also required love and medication and urged the society to view them as friends in need.
On his part, Ian Mosota urged parents to take responsibility of parenting to reduce the numbers of children moving into streets.
One of the beneficiaries Richard Brio, applauded the youth and appealed to other well-wishers to come to their aid saying it will reduce chances of street urchins engaging in theft. He appealed for clothes, food and shelter for his colleagues.
By Jane Naitore and Clinton Nyamumbo