The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: NGO Pays for Birth Certificates

A Siaya NGO has offset birth registration fees for all children in the county. Mago Foundation's coordinator Cliff Otieno said the decision is part of a campaign to increase the county's registration. He said currently, Siaya has achieved 44 per cent birth registration.

Otieno said the campaign aims to raise the figure to 90 per cent this year. He was addressing officers from the civil registration departments and the provincial administration at a hotel in Ugunja town yesterday. Otieno asked stakeholders to work closely with his organisation to enable esure all children receive birth certificates.

"Children in the county who are yet to get this important document should get it immediately.It is their right to have it," he said. He said Mago Foundation decided to offset the birth registration costs because most parents cannot afford the costs due to poverty.

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