Now that most restrictions have been lifted and there is more freedom of movement, life is going back to how it was pre-Covid on the streets of Kitale, more or less. There have been changed of course. A new road widening scheme bulldozed our our drop-in centre and we have not been in a strong enough financial position to rebuild - property prices, like everything else in Kenya, have sky rocketed. Youths and children are returning to the streets in large numbers including many driven by sever drought in the north (even usually fertile Kitale is suffering drought but not as extreme). Families are struggling with an unbearable price increase on basic commodities such as maize - as much as fifty percent in the past six months.
So now, more than ever, our project to aid street connected youth and assist their families to find ways to support themselves, is vital.
We have been able to get our mobile school up and running again and this is a great aid in connecting with children and forming relationships to enable reintegration.
Hopefully the next step can be a new drop in centre but in the meantime we continue with vital street outreach.
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