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Meru County empowers street kids

31 October 2013, 11:58

Nairobi - The Meru County Government has embarked on a project to take hundreds of street children into schools where they will be offered vocational training.

The move, aimed at curbing the menace of street children in the country’s urban areas, will run for three months.

The street kids, estimated to be more than 400 in the county, will join their counterparts in primary and secondary schools.

“The first programme will be rolled out in Meru Town and then it will be spread to other towns in the county where street children have become a menace,” said Meru Deputy Governor, Raphael Muriungi, while speaking at Kinoru stadium during the launch of the project.

Muriungu further noted that it was a requirement by law for children to receive proper care, shelter and clothing adding that it was with that thought in mind that they had embarked on the project to rehabilitate street children and help them realize their dreams.

He added that they were going to solicit support from top political organisations, individuals, religious and business institutions to help bolster the rehabilitation efforts.

Muriungu also admitted that the street children were a big challenge to the county despite previous attempts to rehabilitate them into responsible Kenyans with majority of them turning out to be hardcore criminals that made towns insecure.

The number of street families has been on the increase in the country in recent years resulting in a surge of muggings.

Previous governments’ attempts to rehabilitate the street children in the past hit a snag over insufficient funding.

It is estimated there are between 250 000 and 300 000 children living and working on the streets across Kenya, the majority of them in Nairobi.

Among reasons for the surge in the problem include child abuse, neglect, peer pressure and sensation-seeking.

– CAJ News


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