October 19, 2021

Kwetu Home of Peace Rescues 26 Street Boys in Nairobi

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26 Street children have been rescued and will undergo rehabilitation at Kwetu Home of Peace.

Rescued boys pose for a photo shortly after arriving at Kwetu Home of Peace.

Kwetu Home of Peace (KHP) has rescued 26 street boys aged between eight to 14 years at Central Park, Grogon, Gikomba, Muthurwa, and Country bus in Nairobi–Some of the most common bases where children live while on the street.

Thousands of children in Nairobi, Kenya, are forced to live on the streets, a life of utter deprivation in which necessities such as shelter, food, health, and security are few. It can take weeks or months to find some children who have no idea where they are or are scared to live in families filled with violence, meanness, and a lack of food.

The Core of KHPs Work

Rescuing, rehabilitating, and reintegrating street children back home and into the community is the core work of KHP.

"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," said Sr. Janerose Nyongesa.

Sr. Janerose Nyongesa, director of Kwetu Home of Peace, stated that the rescued children would be provided with essential services such as food, medical care, remedial academic instruction, and counseling while at the Drop-in centre.

The rescued boys were nice and tidy, clothed in fresher clothing and shoes, with fresh haircuts, minutes after being presented to their new home at Kwetu Home of Peace in Madaraka.

"There is an effective care model that prioritizes the diversity of needs exhibited by the individual child," said Sr. Nyongesa. "Reconnections between the child and his home and family are created with more care," she continued, "so that essential family relationships are rekindled and nurtured during and beyond the child's rehabilitation and reintegration process," added Nyongesa.

The Meet, Greet, Welcome, and Prayer time during the official welcoming of the rescued boys at Kwetu Home of Peace. The process involves the boys abandoning all their stuff brought from the streets and renouncing their street life, followed by a commitment to a new life at Kwetu Home of Peace.

Rescue program success

KHP has had tremendous success in reducing the number of children living on Nairobi's streets as we near the end of 2021, more than 100 children have already been rescued from the streets.

The rescued boys discard their old outfits during a detachment session. As part of the welcoming custom of KHP, the rescued boys are expected to perform this exercise as a way of denouncing their street life and embracing a new life full of hope.

Kwetu takes a holistic approach, combining curative and preventive measures and focusing on the entire family, not just the isolated street child. As a result, the program has proven to be 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, outperforming their peers.

Thanks to our partners and donors

Kwetu Home of Peace extends a hand of gratitude to all our partners for making our mission possible through timely support towards the rescuing, rehabilitation, and reintegration programs. 


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