NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 22 – Street children in Nairobi’s Central Business District will now be employed as cleaners as well as be provided with housing by the county government, in new measures announced by Governor Mike Sonko.
Sonko was speaking on when he met a group of the street children at City Hall.
“I am committed to working with you I hope you will not disappoint me. I will pay your rent for one month but make sure you don’t come back to the streets,” said Sonko.
The promise to take care of the street children is on condition that they quit drugs and crime.
They responded to Sonko’s call and pledged to quit drugs as well as leave the streets.
“We are ready to leave the streets; you will not see us on the streets once we get a place to stay,” indicated one of the street children.
At least 2,000 street children were rescued and rehabilitated in Nairobi in January this year by the previous government in an initiative to get them off the streets but still, the number kept on increasing day by day.
According to the Consortium of Street Children (CSC) an international charity, there is no official number of street children but estimates there are 250,000 and 300,000 throughout Kenya, including 60,000 in Nairobi alone.
The current county government under the leadership of Sonko has pledged to ensure that street children in Nairobi are rehabilitated.