The effects of drought and related conflict over limited resources in Baringo County, Kenya, are being felt in Kitale. CRK are working with an increased number of children on the street. The new arrivals are coming in from neighbouring counties as the drought situation worsens. We aim to welcome these children through our Street Smart Centre, build trust and secure a safe place for them at Birunda Rescue Centre while we identify and work with their families and reintegrate them back home.
The drought in East Africa, that is affecting areas of Kenya such as Baringo county and Turkana, have led to the displacement of young people who have travelled to Kitale to escape the hunger and related conflict over resources. Many arrive in Kitale to begin a life on the streets. They are vulnerable to the risks of being part of a street community, where the toughest only, survive. Drugs, poor diet and abuse are all risks of street life. CRK wishes to help them secure better futures.
CRK's Street Smart centre provides a drop in facility for children on the streets. Social workers walk through town identifying new arrivals on the street and refer them to the centre. At the centres these staff develop trusting relationships and encourage the children to make the decision to leave the street. The children will then stay at Birunda Rescue Centre while the team works with their families to identify and solve problems and prepare them for the children's return home.
This appeal has been started to help CRK manage the increase in the numbers of children on the street in Kitale as a result of the drought. Increasing our capacity to provide for these children in the short term will prevent them from becoming entrenched in street life and assist them to reunite with their families. It will also provide assistance to their families.