The Nakuru County Government has launched an ambitious programme that targets street families in Nakuru. Part of it includes rehabilitation to foster homes, integration with their families and sponsoring others to complete their studies.
The County is using the Menengai Social hall as a drop-in point, where street families get their meals as well as doing their laundry.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on the street families who have been streaming into the County from neighbouring Counties.
With curfew being imposed in the Country, they have been greatly affected.
County Minister in charge of Youth, Gender, Culture and Social Services Eng. Lucy Kariuki met stakeholders drawn from the National Government, Nakuru County Government, Faith-based and Community organizations and the NGO’s in deliberating the way forward on interventions put in place to ensure the street families are not further exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
The key outcome of the meeting was the formation of a profiling and placement sub-committee which would handle the provision of humanitarian assistance being implemented by the National and County Governments, provision of temporary shelters and provision of face marks and hand sanitizers.
Residents have also been urged to link up with the County Directorate of Social services when visiting the street families.