Children
 Kenya
Project #10439

Help 24 Street Children in Kenya Return Home

by Retrak America
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Maurine is one of 5,000 CRK beneficiaries
Maurine is one of 5,000 CRK beneficiaries

The town of Kitale, Kenya, is located in the far western part of Kenya, and has a population of just over 100,000. Kitale is situated in an agricultural region, and the availability of work is seasonal, but never exceeds 40%, with unemployment often as high as 80%. Kitale attracts a disporportially large number of people displaced by violence, drought and poverty. They arrive in search of security and work, and find neither. With no state support and living in abject poverty, many children make their way to the streets in the hope of a better life. Estimates vary between 500 and 2,000 children on the street at any one time.

Maurine, 12 years old, is one of the 5,000 individuals that Child Rescue Kenya (CRK) works with in Kitale. She says, "After my mum died, my father started drinking. He sold our land and our cow. We stopped going to school and had to beg for food. Then people started coming to the house. They would get drunk. My brothers ran away and I followed when he started beating us".

Fortunately for Maurine, social workers from Child Rescue Kenya were able to connect with her through CRK's Street Smart program. Street Smart workers identify children who are new to the streets and offer them safe refuge at their Birunda Rescue Center. At the Center children are provided healthcare, remedial education, food, washing facilities, sports, games, justice and love. From there they are returned to a safe and loving family.

Thank you for your past support of CRK which allows us to return children like Maurine to loving homes. I hope you'll continue to support CRK's important work.

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CRK works with children from throughout Kenya
CRK works with children from throughout Kenya
Child Rescue Kenya is located in the town of Kitale, in Western Kenya, but children in CRK's programs come from all over Kenya. Erupe, age nine, comes from the Turkana region in the north. He says "I am from the desert. We used to herd goats. Baba had over 30 and we could trade milk and meat for other things. As the ground got drier our goats started to die. We don't have any now, Baba also died. There is so much hunger in Turkana".
Children like Erupe who make their way to Child Rescue Kenya are the lucky ones. There, Erupe found special care and protection. But there are many more children who are still on the streets in Kenya, and CRK will continue to be there to serve these children.
Thank you for your support of CRK through Retrak. Please donate today to help CRK continue its vital work.

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Every year, Child Rescue Kenya works with over 5,000 beneficiaries, the vast majority of which are vulnerable children. We work with children of all ages, but the youngest ones always hold a special place in our hearts. Davie was one of the youngest street children that we've worked with, and his story will not quickly be forgotten.

Davie was only five years old when he came through Child Rescue Kenya’s doors. He told the social worker, "I lived with my parents and my grandmother. One night, people I don't know came to our village; they were from another tribe. There was fire and people started screaming. So much fire. We ran and ran until we could no longer hear the screams or smell the smoke. Then I realized, I was alone".

Fortunately for Davie, he found his way to Kitale town and was directed to CRK's center. CRK staff were able to successfully trace his family and they were eventually reunited. Today, Davie is in school and doing well.

On behalf of Davie and his family, thank you for supporting Retrak’s partnership with CRK. With your help, we’ll be able to continue serving highly vulnerable children, enabling them to realize their potential and discover their worth.

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Rose is seven years old and has had more hardship in these years than most people have in a lifetime. Her father abandoned the family not long after her mother died. Rose and her baby brother, Thomas, were helped by neighbors in their village until Thomas began showing signs of serious illness. Rose had no other options. She and Thomas were hungry, so she took him to the nearby town of Kitale in search of something to eat. A woman saw the young child and her baby brother, and brought them to Child Rescue Kenya. Sadly, Thomas died of AIDS, but Rose is doing well, and says "I'm ok now and am now in school. Nobody shuns me here."

Retrak has been a longtime partner of Child Rescue Kenya. We are committed to helping them help street children in Kenya. On behalf of Rose and the hundreds of children whose lives have been changed by CRK, thank you for your past support of this very worthwhile project. 

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Winston (second from left) and his family
Winston (second from left) and his family

When the staff of our partner project, Child Rescue Kenya (CRK), first met Winston on the streets of Kitale, he told them that his parents had died and that he was living with his elderly grandmother who wasn’t able to provide for him and his siblings. He was the 7th child in a family of 8 children.

Initially, Winston didn’t want CRK’s help, as he was surviving by collecting and selling scrap metal. He did, however, agree to be taken home for a visit on the condition that the CRK social workers wouldn’t leave him there. At home, the social workers found that, contrary to what Winston had told them, both of his parents were alive and well and had been looking for their son for two months. Not only that, but his parents said that they had been providing for Winston’s basic needs and that he had been attending a nearby primary school.

CRK staff kept their promise and didn’t leave Winston with his family that day, but his parents wanted him to come home and told him that he would be welcome if and when he ever decided to return. Back in Kitale, CRK used a therapeutic approach to counsel Winston, and later he decided to go home on his own. He bid CRK goodbye and left for home, phoning CRK to let them know that he had arrived safely. Social workers have contacted his parents several times and were told that Winston was re-enrolled in school and was doing well. CRK will be doing frequent follow-ups to continue supporting Winston until he is completely settled back with his home and family.

CRK's vital work with street children in Kitale, Kenya, wouldn't be possible without your help. Thank you for your past support. Please continue supporting us as we work with some of the most vulnerable children on Earth.

P.S. Be sure to check out Retrak America's new website! 

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Retrak America

Location: Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.retrak.org
Project Leader:
Joan Townsend
US Country Director
Washington, DC United States

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