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Pupils walk to raise funds for abandoned, HIV positive children

21 September 2015, 12:08 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Hundreds of school children over the weekend walked for more than six kilometers to raise funds for abandoned, vulnerable and HIV positive children living at New Life Home Trust, Nyeri town.

The pupils drawn from more than 40 schools walked across Nyeri town seeking to raise millions of shillings to support the institution which accommodates babies who have been neglected by their mothers.

The Home’s advisory committee chairman, Peter Kimita said the rescue centre mostly takes care of HIV positive babies abandoned by their parents.

“The walk will be an annual event. Our monthly budget is about KES 500 000 though we have donors from overseas and locally,” said Kimita.

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He pointed out that the institution, which was opened in year 2006 has so far rescued more than 240 children from Marsabit, Nyahururu, Laikipia, Kirinyaga, Mwea among other neighboring counties.

He said they rescue children of less than three years old who are later adopted by local people and others by foreigners.

“We have a capacity of accommodating 25 children only. We work together with government institutions like police officers and others to ensure our activities are within legal frameworks,” said Kimita.

He further attributed cases of child neglect to social problems and higher poverty levels.

He highlighted that unwanted pregnancies, economic hardships, rejection, HIV prevalence are among cases making young women to dump and abandon their young ones.

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