Child Rescue Kenya

CRK mission is to assist children in need while developing communities to better care for their own children. Our vision is a world where children enjoy all their rights, especially the right to be a child BACKGROUND INFORMATION. Child Rescue Kenya is an organization operating in Trans-Nzoia County in Kenya. The Organization assists vulnerable children and families through integrated development initiatives.CRK facilitates the rehabilitation of street children, and other abused or neglected children, by encouraging close links between community -child, project-child, and project - community. Multifaceted activities combine child rehabilitation centers with community development initiatives...

Child Rescue Kenya
PO Box 945
Kitale, North Rift 30200
Kenya
+254 (0)20 2639747
http://www.childrescuekenya.org

Director

Ian Kiptamum Wilson

Management Team

Eric Mochoge, Janet Kariuki, Benedetta Barasa, Charles Chamale, Steven Barasa, Grace Musachi

Board of Directors

Theresa Heasman, Ian K. Wilson, Shazia Ismail, Dr Henry Khisa, Dorcus Chemengich, Benjamin Omasete, Oliver Lynton, Eric Mochoge, Janet Kariuki, Benedetta Barasa, Charles Chamale, Steven Barasa, Grace Musachi

Project Leaders

Eric Mochoge

Mission

CRK mission is to assist children in need while developing communities to better care for their own children. Our vision is a world where children enjoy all their rights, especially the right to be a child BACKGROUND INFORMATION. Child Rescue Kenya is an organization operating in Trans-Nzoia County in Kenya. The Organization assists vulnerable children and families through integrated development initiatives.CRK facilitates the rehabilitation of street children, and other abused or neglected children, by encouraging close links between community -child, project-child, and project - community. Multifaceted activities combine child rehabilitation centers with community development initiatives such as: a. Community Health clinics - both preventive and curative services. b. Training in home based income generating activities. c. Sports facilities in identifying and nurturing talents among the youths. d. Advocacy campaigns on Family health and HIV/AIDS, children rights, domestic violence and substance abuse among the youths. e. Bio- intensive farming activities targeting vulnerable families. f. Vocational training and formation of associations for youths. Vision, A society where children are enjoying their basic rights and leading a dignified life. Mission. To assist children in need while achieving positive change through initiatives that empower families and respect for children rights. Our Objectives are as stated here below;1.Child Rescue and Support. The strategic holistic approach emphasizes on improved child welfare under the projects through well coordinated interventions. The strategic objectives and strategies under this pillar are; 1. Continued Rescue and Support of vulnerable and unaccompanied Children. These strategies ensures that rescued children access basic necessities. Provision of shelter and meals. Clothing and toiletries. Psycho-social support and Counseling. Medication both preventive and curative Sports and recreation. Remedial education. 2. Increased Early Street Interventions. These aims at curbing the influx of children on the streets. Daily identification of new street arrivals. Referral to Child Protection Unit at the police and local administrators. 3. Increased advocacy on child rights. We hope to see a reduction on child abuse cases and advocate respect for children's rights. Carrying out advocacy campaigns Attending network meeting Holding sensitization workshops. Children's participation in awareness creation. 4. Increased access to education. These strategies will enable children to access education at Primary and Secondary schools. Enhance early childhood education through enrolment in public schools. Provision of school requirements and levies. Refurbish libraries for remedial studies at all project centres. 2. YOUTH EMPOWERMENT. Through this pillar CRK seeks to empower youth; those living and working on the streets and those in the slums, through formation of self -help groups or associations, facilitation to vocational training and formal education to improve their livelihoods. 1 Increased access to formal and non formal education and training. Support youth for enrolment in public schools and vocational training. Peer to peer counseling on abuse of drugs. Support the youth to form self help groups / associations. Nurturing of talents through sports. Health education on HIV/AIDS, STIs and testing. Capacity building on enterprise development. 2 Youths engaged in micro businesses. Support trained youth with business start up kits. Routinely monitor the progress of the started ventures. Encourage and assist the youth to get national identity cards for opening bank accounts. Link the supported youth to government development funds e.g youth fund. 3 FAMILY SUPPORT. Through this pillar CRK works with families to build therapeutic relationships, addressing issues affecting children at home, helping families initiate income generating activities and practice bio-intensive agriculture for those with small farms to improve their food security. 3.1. Enhanced family relationships. Routine family visits. Counseling families. Conducting advocacy campaigns on domestic violence Educate families on HIV/AIDS and reproductive health. Provision of subsidized medical services Referral linkages for support. 3.2. Improved household incomes. Identify vulnerable families to support (with a child or children). Training on micro - business initiatives and marketing. Support the trained beneficiaries with business start up kits. Routine business progress monitoring 3.3. Improved food production through organic farming. Identify and train families on organic farming. Provision of start up farm inputs Setting up demonstration plots as resource centres. Sensitizing and training on environmental conservation. Organizing exposure tours as learning tools. Promote proper soil management practices through modern farming methods. 4. ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT. This objective endevours to make CRK a strong and effective organization delivering its mandate within its core areas of operation. This will be achieved through: .4.1. Strong and effective organization delivering its mandate. Enhance staff motivation and performance Review the Human Resources Policies and Procedures. Management team at the Head office to enforce and implement the policies. Development of Contingency and disaster plans. Recruit professional staff for core functions such as Human Resource and Resource Mobilization. Strengthen and sustain policy on HIV/AIDS. Staff Capacity building in relevant project areas. Board development and policy formulation. Redefine roles and responsibilities of staff to enhance performance. 4.2. Improved record keeping. Put in place a back up system for all organization documents. Routine information dissemination to staff and partners. 4.3. Increased Resource Mobilization. Diversify proposals seeking for funding. Put in place a donor profiling system both locally and internationally. Engage in consultancy services. Initiate income generating activities Develop partnerships. Set up a resource mobilization team (staff members). 4.4. Improved service delivery in project areas. Adequate funds for administration and project coordination. Routine monitoring and evaluation of projects. Encourage transparency and accountability in the management of resources. Continuous documentation and reporting of progress. Routine reviewing of targets and objectives. Staff appraisals to ascertain performance. Procure a vehicle for project use in the rural terrain.

Programs

The organization's major pillars or thematic areas are: Children programs Youth empowerment Family support 1.0. CHILDREN PROGRAMS This programs that address children's issues are divided in three major categories as follows:- 1.1 Street Smart Program (SSP) This is entirely for the purpose of rescuing new children who arrive on the streets and providing them with a safe place. Rehabilitation of those who are used to living on the street through encouraging personal hygiene and provision of non formal Education. In the last fiscal year 2011 ,260 street children were identified, 187 of them rescued from the streets of Kitale and 56 reintegrated to their families 1.2. Place Of Safety- Birunda Rescue Centre (BRC) Birunda Rescue Centre is a temporal/transitional home where children are provided with care and support in readiness for reintegration back to their families or alternative care. At the Centre children access basic necessities and psycho- social support of counselors During rehabilitation, children are encouraged to discard street behavior and embrace the social norms of structured society. At the center, they are involved in non formal education, games, music and dance to keep them busy and also to encourage positive change Birunda receives children from SSP, the police Child Protection Unit unit, Children Officer, the community and some children come on their own. Birunda received children as follows in the year 2011 294 identified from Street Smart programme for the last. 58 were referred from the police Child Protection Unit 88 were referred from the Children Officer 50 children came from the community and some came at will. They are encouraged to embrace the family unit, and hence while staying at Birunda, they are encouraged to go back home. A home visit is done first to assess the home situation and the reasons why the child left home, then the child accompanies a staff to home to agree on modalities on how child the will be cared for when and if reintegrated. Some children are repatriated back home, some are referred to other institutions where they are provided for and stay as a home. Data is as follows; 203 Children re-united with families, amongst them, 73 were from the Street Smart Programme 21 Children referred to other institutions 0 Children under foster care Birunda also runs a community clinic that provides medical support to the community at a subsidised fee. This includes vaccination, pre and post natal care and a VCT Centre. A total of .. children from the community were attended at the clinic and . From the street received medical care either from the District Hospital or at the Birunda clinic. The clinic also is used when treating project's children. 1.3. Long Stay Centre -Liyavo Children Centre (LCC) In LCC only children with no functional family are considered. Enrollment is only done once a year when older children exit from the programme and new ones are admitted. Sources of admission mostly are Birunda Rescue Centre and the local community. Children from the community are admitted after being referred mostly by that community members and a home visit has to be done to assess the home situation. A consultation committee is formed to look into their report before they are taken in. By age of 14, children are planing an exit strategy and by age of 16 they are supposed to have completed primary school or are given an opportunity to join a vocational training to do a skill of their choice. Institutionalization must be avoided so LCC encourages visits to relatives, participation in outside activities, and all schooling is at local schools. Liyavo Children Centre continues to accommodate children who cannot get anywhere to stay for some reason. Some have homes but parents unable to take care of them or some parents are themselves 'streets parents' and have to scavenge in dumpsites in town. Liyavo has been in existence since 1992 to date. It is one of the longest running and established homes in Trans-Nzoia County and is registered with the Ministry of Gender and Children as a Children's Charitable Institution. It has a capacity of 70 children. Among them 10 children sat for standard eight examination, only 3 (1 girl 2 boys) scored 300 marks and above out of 500 thus qualifying to join secondary school as part of the programme. The other 7 children have been reintegrated with relatives where they are monitored for one year before they are offered a vocational training of their choice. Among the old students, one of them qualified to join the university under the Joint Admission Board and was admitted to Moi University to pursue a BSC degree in Education. One of the other boys is in form 2 at Mang'u High School under the sponsorship of Equity Bank "Wings to Fly" programme. A clinic supports the community with medical services which provides drugs on subsidised fees, provides immunization free to young babies, anti and post natal care and a VCT Centre helps tackle cases of illnesses in the community. The clinic helps reduce the distance sick people used to walk to town District Hospital in search of medical care. 2.0 .YOUTH EMPOWERMENT 2.1. Vocational training Part of youth empowerment is training and ensuring that youths have the capacity to make informed choices and take care of themselves and their families and prevent the circle of poverty. LCC has a vocational training unit that trains youths from the community in tailoring and dressmaking course for one year and enrols them for Grade three test. Last year 10 students enrolled at the centre but only 9 completed the one year course. One of the girls dropped out. Why? The former trainees were also involved in empowerment whereby they were encouraged to work in groups of five and were given a sewing machine and some materials for each group to start small businesses. Two of the groups are doing well since they could make simple clothes and take them to the market where they earn their living. We also worked with other youths from the slums. 30 youths from Matisi location are undergoing training in different skills with trainers near their home. 10 are engaged in barber skills development, 10 in carpentry and 5 in hair dressing, and 5 more are taking up tailoring and dress making courses. 2.2. Youths Associations This involves working with youths who live and work on the streets and slum areas where they are encouraged to work in groups and support each other enabling formal recognition. Through the associations the youths are given a chance to access formal and non formal education, skills training through apprenticeship and business training for those that would venture to small scale business. The exercise involves identification and mobilization of youths to form the groups through sporting events that are organized.Group leaders that members identify are trained on leadership. Linkages have been created to other like minded organization. The whole process of group formation is in three phases - i Formation which includes creating rapport and engagement through sports ii- Capacity building- iii- Empowerment and disengagement. 5 groups were formed and were still in their formation stage when unfortunately weaknesses emerged . We did one day training with the five groups but before we moved to the next level, the groups disintegrated. Sporting has proved one of the best way of involving youths. We continue to engaged them in sports. 3.0. FAMILY SUPPORT 3.1. Bio - Intensive Agriculture Bio Intensive Agriculture is a farming method that promotes deep soil preparation aspect and encourages use of locally available material. We found this method of farming to be ideal for parents/guardians of some of the children from Birunda who have a small piece of land and had difficulties raising food. We were piloting it with 10 families and had a demonstration garden at Birunda that helped us cut the cost of food by supplying vegetables throughout the year. Amongst the 10 families, 6 families practiced the farming methods and were impressed with the outcome. The other 4 had difficulties and challenges that made them abandon or failed to take care of their crops. 3.2. Advocacy Poor Parenting is an area that we realized had caused the large number of children flocking to the streets. We started a campaign dubbed 'Responsible Parenting' last year within the municipality where most children came from. The campaign first targeted leaders and community resource persons who went through training sessions on children rights and responsible parenting skills in order to empower them to be able to train the communities around the slum areas. The most affected areas included Matisi Location, Tuwan Location and Kipsongo Locations within the municipality. Two training sessions were conducted for the leaders, 6 meetings were organized after church service, women meetings and some at the chiefs' barazas (meetings) to sensitize parents on responsible parenting and children rights and responsibilities. 3.3. Tactical support This is one of the programs that started last year. The major objective is empower families to start small service based businesses with small capital. Due to high rate of poverty among most families within the slums, boosting their incomes enables them to break the cycle of poverty.

Statistics on Child Rescue Kenya

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2011: $228,125
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $250,000
  • Other funding sources: Charities, individual donors, community contributions, income generating
  • Religious Affiliation: Multi Faith - no discrimination
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