20 Street children have been rescued and will undergo rehabilitation at Kwetu Home of Peace.
We all know our lives changed in one way or the other due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This has even been tougher for the street-connected children and families already needy.
However, because of your generosity over the years and specifically in 2021, the Kwetu Home of Peace team was able to rescue more children from the streets. As a result, 20 children were rescued from the streets of Nairobi on March 2nd, 2021, marking our first batch of boys rescued this year.
Factors that lead to children living on the street
There are many reasons why children decide to leave home to pursue a life living on the streets, and at times numerous factors contribute to a child’s decision to leave their home. We can categorize these reasons and factors into two major groups: Family-Centric Issues and Child-Centric Issues.
Within Nairobi town, the street population lives and operates from several “bases” spread throughout the city. Some bases are relatively safe, while others can be very violent.
Giving street boys a chance to grow and heal
At Kwetu Home of Peace, we rescue children living on the streets, rehabilitate them—giving them a chance to grow and heal—and reunite them with their families.
KHP carries out street activities and the recovery of children who daily experience situations of high social marginality. Attention is directed particularly to boys of age 8-14 years old who are exposed to the most desperate and abandoned conditions with the dual objective of supporting them and reintegrating them within an adequate and healthy life context.
At the same time, the project favors an environment in which children have access to education and essential health services, thus satisfying the basic needs necessary for their growth and development that is adequate to their potential.
Rescuing children for more than two decades
KHP has rescued street children for more than two decades. During that time, the institution has attempted various interventions to address the challenge of assisting these children who find themselves living on the streets. The interventions have worked effectively to help children living on the streets and lessened their challenges on the streets with great thanks to KHP’s well-trained staffing for all the good work that they do.
Rehabilitation and Reintegration
While at Kwetu Home of Peace drop-in centre, the rescued children are provided with basic services (food, medical care, remedial academic instruction, counseling, etc.). There is an effective care model with high regard for the diversity of needs manifested by the individual child.
In addition, reconnections between the child and his home and family are made through a more careful approach so that the critical family ties are rekindled and sustained throughout and beyond the child’s rehabilitation and reintegration process.
KHP has seen immense success in pairing down the number of children who live on the streets of Nairobi. As a result, more than 100 children are rescued from the streets annually.
Our family-based care model
Our holistic approach combines both curative and preventative measures to target not simply the street child in isolation, but the entire family. Our program has proven a cost-effective, sustainable, and very successful model in reuniting children with their families and the community and enabling them to succeed in mainstream schools, performing well against their peers.
Great thanks to our partners for making our mission possible through timely support towards the rescuing, rehabilitation, and reintegration programs at KHP.
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