Leaders pledge support for rehabilitation of street children

Leaders in Nakuru County have pledged to use part of the devolved funds to empower street families in the area, even as they appealed to parents to be responsible enough to save their children from sliding into destitution.

Calls for joint efforts by all stakeholders to oversee rehabilitation of street children and families dominated speeches in celebrations to mark the International Women’s Day in the County on Thursday.

The County Executive for Gender and Social Services, Halima Gababa appealed to needy families with school going children to seek the assistance from the County government, Constituency Development Fund and the Affirmative Action Fund for enrollment in full scholarship programs that would enable their children acquire education for a better future instead of roaming the streets.

Gababa also asked youth on the streets to register with the County administration for enrollment at the various youth polytechnics, where they could acquire vocational skills to enable them earn a living and stay clear of crime and drugs.

She said children and youth on the streets would benefit from an empowerment program courtesy of the County Government in a move aimed at clearing the towns streets of street children and families.

On her part, the County Women representative, Lisa Chelule urged society to protect the boy child whom she said was on the verge of marginalization.

Chelule attributed the rising number of street boys to poor upbringing and asked parents work closely with male children in their formative years in order to make them viable members of the society.

In the last two weeks, the County in administration jointly with the national government conducted a swoop on street families and nabbed 81 urchins who were now hosted at two public orphanages in Nakuru for rehabilitation.

The County Executive for Trade and Marketing, Peter Ketienya urged low income women in the region to take advantage of low interest loans from the Countys Saccos to venture into gainful businesses and earn a living.

Ketienya said the Countys new 3 per cent interest policy on cooperative loans was aimed at enabling women to participate in competitive commercial ventures in a bid to scale down poverty among low income families.

Source: Kenya News Agency