Children
 Kenya
Project #11009

Reintegrate street Connected children in Kitale

by Child Rescue Kenya
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In this parts of the world starting from the month of June to August many boys aged between 11 and 14 face the "CUT". Many young boys have preferred a street version of facing the CUT that is somehow easier that the traditional one.

The “CUT” locally known as “khukheba” is a traditional circumcision ceremony that involves the initiates to be moving around with metal wrist bands and bells, followed by huge crowds of people singing traditional songs.

The eve of the day that boy faces the “CUT” is an overnight ceremony that involves the boy ringing the bells to an ecstatic jeering crowd for the best part of the night, the boy has to endure all forms of obscenities and occasional slaps from uncles notwithstanding the enduring strain of ringing bells.   There is a lot of indulgence in the traditional local brew called “Busaa” by the crowd who are often very disorderly and rowdy. It all ends in the morning when the boy is socked in cold water and smeared with mud before being marched naked to face the knife.

It’s a harrowing experience for young boys who have to be taunted through the whole process christened as the way to manhood.

We have encountered many boys who decided to run away from home and do it on the streets. They live in an unhealthy conditions that sometimes leads to the wounds becoming septic, we have had 30 attending our street-smart program as we provide medical care.  

Unfortunately since they escaped the traditional route they are unwilling to return home for fear of the repercussions. We have rescued several and now on a truce brokering mission with parents hoping to reunite them.

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Liyavo Chidren in the last three weeks has become an alternative home for children fleeing the streets who would have ended up being locked up in police cells in an apparent town " clean Up exercise". we are hosting by today about 30 children who we recieved and the number is likely to increase as the Investors' conferance nears.

The authorities are in up gear preparations for investors conferrance. More demolitions have been experienced and wanton arrests for town youths and children done. in the wake of these happenings children have had to run and so we are recieving them into our centre.

The centre has continued to reintergret children into their families  throught out 2015, Over 250 children were rescued from the streets to our centre and 137 children reintergrated and continue to be supported from the safety of thier families and relations.

We continue to thank our supporters for the noble work.

thank you.

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Rose (not her real name) first came to the streets in 2011 then aged 8 years after her parents separation due to alcohol abuse by her mother which resulted into the father relocation to Nairobi ( Kenya Capital)  with a new wife he had just married.

Due to lack of food and care; Rose decided to look for food in dumb sites in town with her siblings aged 6 years and 4 years. They would go to school in the morning, go to town after school and later go back home before dark, after some time stopped going to school completely and fully joined the streets

Child Rescue Kenya street outreach team spotted them and from interractions and follow up to their home it was established that they had no food, the mother was always drunk and would not care for them and the environment at home was extremely unconducive to children because in her drunken stupor she would entertain male guests in thier single room house in the presence of Rose and other children on occasions they came home.

Child Rescue Kenya through the government department of Children services rescued Rose and her other 2 siblings and placed them in our Liyavo Child Care centre and embarked on serious working with Rose's Mother to help her out of alcohol addiction and possible reunification of  the family.

Rose’s mother has undergone support to help her reduce drinking, she has tremendously improved and now Rose's Father occasionally visits her. The father has also been engaged by CRK's Family worker and has started to change his attitude towards his wife and promises to work hard to support his family.

In this remarkable improvement Child Rescue Kenya enrolled Rose in an informal skills school that is near her home and with constant support and visits they seem to be getting along well

Thank you so much for your continued support.

Solidarity Sleep Out
Solidarity Sleep Out

On 12 April, street children, NGOs, celebrities, policy makers, businesses and concerned individuals the world over mark the International Day for Street Children. This annual dedication to a particularly vulnerable group in our society was launched in 2011 by the Consortium for Street Children (CSC), the leading network dedicated to guaranteeing the rights of street children worldwide.

Child Rescue Kenya is joining a host of street children charities on the eve of the International Day for Street Children 2015 to Sleep Out on Manchester's Oxford Road (UK), in Solidarity with children all over the world who are surviving on the streets.

Please give now to show your support for the volunteers sleeping out, and the children in Kenya that CRK works with. If you want to join us on the day (April 11 2015): http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/solidarity-sleep-out-tickets-16271098293

Please support CRK's efforts by donating to one of the projects below.

 

https://www.globalgiving.co.uk/fundraisers/solidarity-sleep-out-2/


http://www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/solidarity-sleep-out/

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Child Rescue Kenya was feeling very loved over the Christmas period. We were lucky to receive wonderful gifts from supporters such as yourselves. In early December we had a great Giving Tuesday. Every donation made to CRK on GlobalGiving, while funds lasted, was matched by Microsoft YouthSpark. Thank you for making the day so successful and helping us to continue our work with the children in Kitale.

Christmas was very special for the children at our Liyavo and Birunda projects. This year supporters gave money and gifts and the children enjoyed a Christmas Eve Beef dinner, a Christmas day lunch of roast chicken, chapatis (which are an extra special treat for the children here in Kitale), juice and cookies. The children each had a present of two outfits from East Didsbury Methodist Church in the UK and a personalised t-shirt from the Flake family, so they are all looking extremely smart. They also had Christmas presents, sweet treats and stockings from them and other supporters.The children were very excited and received far more than they expected. It was definitely a Christmas to remember!

The children at Liyavo are all now back in school for the new academic year, sporting new shoes that many of them had for Christmas and new uniforms as they have all grown taller over the last few months.

We also have a new member at the project. Esther* was found sleeping on a veranda and was very sick. We think that she was so frail and weak that her family had left her somewhere she could be found because they could not afford medical care. Esther is seven years old and luckily a passer-by noticed her, picked her up and took her to the local administration office that deals with children. The local administration arranged an immediate placement to our Rescue Centre in Birunda. Esther was so sick, that the CRK social worker took her straight to hospital. Esther was hospitalized as she was suffering from Diabetes, Typhoid and Malarial Fever. Her little toes were also infested with jiggers. After three days in hospital Esther is now recuperating. Her sugar levels are now under control and she is continuing with medication.

Esther will be part of the family in Liyavo while CRK search for her family. We hope that we will be able to support Esther's immediate or extended family to look after her properly. If that is not a possibility we will search for a local foster family who can care for her. Sadly her story is not unusual and we receive a number of similar cases every year. So we are always grateful of your support.

Did you know that you can arrange your own fundraisers for Child Rescue Kenya through GlobalGiving? Su Corcoran, a supporter in the UK, has challenged herself to walk 50Km in September for CRK. Her fundraising page is here if you would like to find out more: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/fundraisers/sus-12-month-challenge/. She is halfway to her fundraising target and looking for sponsors to help her reach her goal of £2,000. If you would like to set up your own fundraising page contact us and we will send you instructions.

Thank so much for your continued support. Without it we would not be able to complete our work here in Kitale. The pictures I am including in this report show the happy children at Liyavo and Birunda on Christmas Eve.

Best Wishes and Happy New Year,

 

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Child Rescue Kenya

Location: Kitale, North Rift - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​www.childrescuekenya.org
Project Leader:
Eric Mochoge
Kitale, Kenya

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