The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Nakuru to Relocate Kids From the Streets

The Nakuru government will partner with a faith organisation to deal with crime and street families in the county. In a visit to the Family Care Centre children's home in Naivasha town, members of the county assembly welcomed the partnership.

"Many of the streets boys can be reformed and there is need to offer them jobs as one way of fighting crime," said speaker Susan Kihika. The centre has rescued 45 street boys in the town.

Lakeview ward representative Simon Wanyoike hit out at MPs for neglecting residents at the grassroots. He said MCAs should be involved in managing Uwezo Fund, which could then be used to sponsor street families in learning and self-help projects.

"We have seen some street boys reform and head to class and its time we were involved in the management of the Uwezo fund," Wanyoike said. Wanyoike said since the home took in the 45 street boys crime in Naivasha town has dropped drastically.

Bishop Joseph Wambugu from Bread of New Life Family Care Centre said they are ready to work with the county government to address the issue of street families.

The bishop, who is also the patron of the children's home, said the boys had been a menace in the streets before they were rescued. "I'm happy that some of these boys are performing wonders in school and we are ready to work with the county government in assisting the street families," he said.

Wambugu urged other churches and faith organisations to help rescue street families who were undergoing untold suffering. Present during the ceremony were MCA from different parts of Nakuru county, pastors, christians and the rescued street boys.

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