Children
 Kenya
Project #10439

Help 24 Street Children in Kenya Return Home

by Retrak America
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Stephen is one of many children in Street Smart
Stephen is one of many children in Street Smart

In Kenya, Retrak works with a partner organization called Child Rescue Kenya. Below is the story of Stephen, one of the many street children that CRK is working with.

Stephen is 13 years old, the second of six children. He ran away from home after taking some money from his mother without permission. When his mother discovered that the money was missing, Stephen was afraid of being beaten and chose to run to the streets of Kitale instead.

After one month on the street, Stephen heard about the work of CRK’s Street Smart program. He started attending the programs and was an active and enthusiastic participant in Street Smart's activities. In time, Street Smart social workers contacted Stephen’s family, and unfortunately Stephen’s father was very negative about his son and the possibility of Stephen ever returning home.

Currently Street Smart staff are still working with Stephen’s parents to restore their relationship, and they’re counseling Stephen through this difficult time. In spite of the rejection and hardship that Stephen has faced in his young life, he says that he wants to be a teacher when he grows up and finishes his studies.

Stephen’s life has been a difficult one, but it would have been even more difficult if it weren’t for CRK’s Street Smart program, which enabled him to move off of the streets and into a more stable future. Thank you for your support of Retrak and CRK. Please continue to support our work so that we can continue to work with street children like Stephen.

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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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Retrak America

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: https:/​/​us.retrak.org/​
Project Leader:
Joan Townsend
US Country Director
Washington, DC United States

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