NGO to rehabilitate pregnant minors
03 July 2013, 14:53
World Vision has spearheaded a rehabilitation program that will see a total of 18 underage girls in Nyakach District who got pregnant in school continue with their education.
Nyakach Area Advisory Council, Chaired by the District Commissioner Joseph Magoha, was informed that the girls were impregnated by boda boda riders, teachers and other public servants who are expected to protect the vulnerable group.
Isabella Makori, who is in-charge of HIV/AIDS Programs and Children issues at World Vision, divulged that one of the girls has already delivered safely.
Makori confided that despite having sexually abused the desperate girls, some of the culprits even went ahead to organize abortion for the desperate girls in the hope of concealing their identitities in order to evade arrest and subsequent prosecution.
However, DC Magoha declared that he will personally stamp his authority by 'spilling blood' by ensuring that such culprits get prosecuted for child abuse and locked up at Kodiaga GK Prison.
“This will act as a deterrent measure against perpetrators of such sexual abuse which consigned the girls to a life of adulthood yet they are not well prepared for it either psychologically or physically,” the administrator stated.
Magoha disclosed that Nyakach Area Advisory Council will soon start visiting all the charitable children's institutions in the area to ascertain that people with reputation of abusing children stay away from the vulnerable children.
“We will ensure that only those with certificates of good conduct and not those with abusive character get near the vulnerable children,” he disclosed.
The DC challenged locals who are financially stable to adopt some of the children living in charitable children institutions and enroll them back in schools to continue with education.
Magoha wondered where 30% of those enrolled in Standard one disappear to before reaching Standard eight or soon after transiting to Form I failed to complete Form 4.
He called for foster parenthood in the villages to reduce overwhelming pressure on the children's institutions which should only be a last resort.
The DC further mentioned sand harvesting, brick making as well as hawking at Sondu, Katito and Pap Onditi as some of the factors that pose great danger to the safety of children in Nyakach.
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