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Set measures to address the plight of street children Government urged

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planting of trees exercise during the marking of World street day [Photo Courtesy ]

By Brighton Makori.

KISII KENYA 12 April 2021……………. The Government has been called to set programs which will help street children as the World marked Streets Children Day .

In Kisii county the day was marked with tree planting exercise at the public park and along the banks of Nyakomisaro River by the street chuldren and other players.

Already there are more than 400 homeless children who are said to be roaming in towns across Kisii County.

Led by Gender activists Nyatichi Mogire and Japhet Osiemo from OKengo Nyambane Foundation raised concern over the spiraling population of the urchins in the region.

They spoke of an increase in muggings and rape following the surge in the number of the street children roaming the County capital.

They urged the government to train them craft courses as part of the solutions to address the problem.

According to them it will be a good idea for the government to roll out the program that will help them [ Street children ]to do technical courses in the vocational centers, this can go a long way in weeding them from the streets

Osiemo Japhet, noted that they had been receiving reports of sodomy from many of the boys staying in Kisii town streets.

Kisii County Youth Sports and Gender Director Douglas Arege said the County has set up a house in which they will train the children.

“It is already complete and are only working on the final touches before we move them in,” he said.

At least 3000 trees donated by Kenya Forest Department were planted during the event.

The International Day for Street Children is celebrated every year on 12th April. The day provides a platform for the millions of children on the streets around the world – and their champions – to speak out so that their rights cannot be ignored.