Retrak partners in Kitale, Kenya, with the charity Child Rescue Kenya (CRK). We spoke with their Program Oficer, Janet Kariuki, about their work with children on the streets of Kitale.
"Child Rescue Kenya started way back in 1988," Janet tells us, as part of the International Childcare Trust. In 2003 it changed its focus to reintegrating children with families rather than institutionalizing them. When asked what the main reasons are for children being on the streets in Kenya, Janet answers "Family finances. Poverty. Poverty forces children to the street. Poverty levels are high and families struggle. Also,violence in the family and community. Children come to town to try to find work and make money but after two or three weeks it does not work and families are lost."
CRK's biggest challenge, Janet says, is taking children back home. Finding safe homes for children is a constant challenge, as is ensuring that the homes they find are homes where the parents have enough income to send the children to school, provide food and support the children.
Janet says, "These are our children; we facilitate their choices and are there for them when and where needed."
Last year, thanks to the generosity of donors like you, CRK reached out to over 400 children on the streets of Kitale. How many children we can reach this year depends on you. Please make a donation to Retrak and CRK today, and make a real difference in the life of a street child.