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Help children grow, urges first Lady

06 September 2013, 15:39 Mike Munga

Her Excellency first Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Thursday launched a program dubbed 'Nipe Nafasi', which will act as a platform for children to air their views on the issues affecting them through art and photography.

Speaking at Safari Park hotel in Nairobi during the launch, Kenyatta told Kenyans to help young children grow.

"Let us take our children to school since learning equips them to express ideas," She said.

She praised the exhibitions and urged County governments to organise similar events countrywide so that children can showcase their talents.

"The art demonstrates a rich concept and that is children protection. It's their way of expression," She said.

Principal Secretary from the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Services Ali Noor Ismail said the government has come up with four pillar strategies namely survival, development, protection and participation in order to curb any mishap happening to the children.

Noor added that it is everyone's business to see that children are protected from child trafficking, child labor, HIV/AIDS and other vices.

"Let us remember that before we became adults we were children and that is why the government is keen in promoting the well being of the child," He posed.

Janet Mkandoe, the President of children's assembly from Franz Josef Secondary School, Kwale County, thanked the Kenyan government, USAID, APHIA plus and PEPFAR for their effort in protecting children.

"Children have been facing difficult situations. Girls are missing classes because of sanitary towels, others do not have homes and others are victims of child labour. But it is good we have been given a platform to air our difficulties," She said, asking the government to make the event an annual one.

"For the country to grow, it needs children. Presidents reach other country leaders through ambassadors, that is why I wish your Honour First Lady to be our ambassador," She said.

Hope Nyokabi, a standard eight pupil who is the Minister for National Treasury and speaker of Nairobi County Children's assembly, thanked all who made the event a success.

"Nobody knows our problems better than we do. That is why we have decided to express them. First Lady, we are not taking your presence for granted but we know you have sacrificed your time to be here," She said.

The initiative Director thanked those who are funding the initiative and assured them of support from the government of America through the USAID.

"We are supporting more than 600 000 children to access basic services. We will partner with the government of Kenya so that we can achieve our goals of an AIDs free generation," She observed.

Children delivered powerful messages which were chore graphed in songs and poems. They pleaded with parents not to neglect them, and also advised fellow youths not to indulge in drugs and alcohol.

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