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Nairobi sets aside Sh40m for street children rehabilitation

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Street families in Nairobi on July 24, 2020. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • Nairobi County government is set to spend Sh40 million in rehabilitation and reintegration of street and other vulnerable children in Nairobi.
  • The exercise, set to be carried out in phases, is aimed at reducing the number of street on the streets.
  • The first phase will see the county government spend Sh5 million towards rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration.

Nairobi County government is set to spend Sh40 million in rehabilitation and reintegration of street and other vulnerable children in Nairobi.

The exercise, set to be carried out in phases, is aimed at reducing the number of street on the streets.

The first phase will see the county government spend Sh5 million towards rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration.

Another Sh3 million will go towards family reunification and integration, Sh2 million to supervise child care facilities and Sh2 million to undertake trauma and therapy sessions.

The county government plans to rescue and place 300 street children from the streets and other informal settlements to child care facilities, starting July, for rehabilitation, family reunification.

City Hall has already mapped street families’ hotspots or bases in the CBD and its environs.

“The allocation is meant to promote the rights of children and provide protection by rescuing them from difficult circumstances and improve the state of childcare facilities,” said Nairobi County Education CEC Janet Ouko.

She explained that the money will also help in running the four children homes including Makadara, Kayole, Shauri Moyo and Joseph Kang’ethe as well as completion of Ruai Rehabilitation centre.