There are approximately 300,000 children living on the streets in Kenya. Of these about 60,000 live in Nairobi. Street children face countless cruelties. Their rights have been violated often by the adults who were supposed to protect them and they have very limited access to basic necessities. In many cases these children are subject to sexual exploitation in return for food or clothes. Often police detain or beat them without reason.
We are supporting the rehabilitation of children who live on the streets and reintegrating them into families and communities. Life expectancy for a child on the street is 16 years. Rehabilitation takes time and dedication. It involves not only taking the child out of the street, but also taking the tough impact of the street-life out of the child. Restoring a child’s dignity and recovering his or her childhood is key to enabling them to make choices that can transform their lives and create pathways to a hopeful future.
Programs offering life skills, coping skills, food, health care, education and other social supports, are some of the ways International Needs are transforming the lives of Kenya’s street children.