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Rising number of street children raise concern

28 April 2016, 18:28 Zainabu Juma

Nairobi - The rising number of street children in Kisii town needs to be stemmed out before it reaches a crisis, Western Territorial Salvation Army Commander (SAC), Kenneth Hodder has said.

Hodder emphasized the need to have all children of school going age taken to school, saying it was one way in which petty crimes can be stumped out in Kisii town.

The Salvation Army Commander said this when he presided over the annual Salvation Army meeting, during their inaugural visit to Gusii land.

Hodder said the church is currently involved in various transformative programs for children and commercial sex workers, saying these groups are helped to engage in different social and economic activities to help them improve their living standards.

He was accompanied by Territorial President of women ministry, Jolene Hodder during the visit which brought the group of volunteering Christians to match and sing to God.

Hodder said the church has a passionate mission for children’s education at their social department in Kakamega-territorial headquarters, where eight transformed street children sat for last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), and are now in various secondary schools.

“We are targeting the children and we want to encourage them to go to school and be prominent people in this country and beyond. I believe all they need is motivation and continuous encouragement,” said the territorial commander.

The move by the Salvation Army Church in Kisii has been welcome by residents who have reported an increase in the number of wandering children in various towns and urban centres in Kisii region.

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