Government urged to give street children employment
22 October 2015, 13:03
Nyeri - A youth representative in Nyeri County Assembly has asked local county government to give street urchins casual jobs.
Eva Mukami Githaiga said the intervention would serve as a rehabilitation program to keep them busy, away from drug abuse and other vices.
Speaking in Nyeri town after a meal with a group of street children, Githaiga decried that the County Government has not assisted them despite being energetic and experienced for manual works.
“We usually see street boys on top of garbage lorries and at garbage sites. The government should engage them in some duties like collecting garbage and maintaining sanitation in our towns,” said Githaiga.
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She decried that some street urchins were engaging in criminal activities, saying that the trend could be reversed by government agencies.
“Rehabilitation is not only taking them to rehab centers but also engaging them in nation building activities to keep them busy. I believe they can change and are potential to have a better social life. They need protection and discipline,” said Githaiga.
She however noted that some children were in the streets due to parental negligence.
She explained that complex social-economic factors in families were leading to increased number of street children who face countless hardships and risks in their daily lives including harassment and abuse by members of the public and law enforcers.
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