Street families’ census to be conducted soon

The Street Families’ Rehabilitation Trust Fund is at an advanced stage of conducting census of street children and families in the country.

I don’t think the figures we have been getting are precise and we need get accurate numbers for effective planning, Lucy Yinda the Fund chair said while emphasizing the importance of effective planning.

The fund on Wednesday launched the Turkana county chapter that comprises of 10 members.

The CEO of the Fund, Robert Njogu said the street families are a time bomb and security risk that must be addressed in the country.

Speaking during the launch of the Turkana county street families’ rehabilitation trust fund chapter in Lodwar, Njogu warned that youth in the streets easily fall prey to criminal and terror gangs like al Shabaab.

We must confront these challenges before it is too late, he said of the fund which was established in 2003 and envisions a country free of street families.

The creation of county chapters is meant to ensure there is uniformity in the management of the rehabilitation centres.

The County Commissioner (CC), Seif Matata l auded the launch of the county chapters, saying it would provide accurate information and act as a link with the street rehabilitation trust fund in Nairobi.

We have started well as a county by tackling the problem before it grows out of hand, said Matata.

Over the last five years the fund has disbursed Sh. 500 million to partner institutions to rehabilitate the street families.

Further, over 80,000 street children and families have been rehabilitated and another 800 staff have been trained through the fund to ensure accountability of the funds.

The fund has also procured 20 acres of land at Mavoko to construct a state of the art rehabilitation centre.

Source: Kenya News Agency