Life of Nakuru street families

Street family in Nakuru

Life is never easy spending your life in the open streets. It is no less so for Nakuru street families but they try and make the best of the situation. Many may consider them smelly, dirty and an eye-sore. However, they are just normal human beings deserving human dignity just like any other person.

Nakuru Street families
Some Nakuru street families prepare a meal in tins collected from the streets 

No one would choose to live the kind of life these families endure. Taking a walk around town during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is heart-wrenching to see the kind of life they have to live.

Nakuru Street families
A Nakuru street family member takes a break to rest in his makeshift residence

They agreed to open up their residences and their way of life from where they sleep, spend their time and make meals.

Lunch ready for this street family
Lunch ready for this street family

Every now and then, there is a well-wisher who comes along to help the street families go through another day. One such well-wisher is Tobias Orwa who regularly joins the families providing meals and company to the street families in Nakuru. Through his Tobias Orwa Foundation, he joins hands with other well-wishers to make life easy for the street families.

Helping Nakuru Street families
Tobias Orwa joins the Nakuru Street families regularly providing them meals and company

When night comes, or harsh weather comes calling, they retire into their makeshift polythene shelters. Only God knows how their young ones born in the streets survive in these harsh weather conditions. Worse still, how they cope when rain waters flow into their residences.

Shelter for Nakuru Street Families
A makeshift polythene shelter for street families in Nakuru town

County commences registration program for street families to ease rehabilitation

There will be no room for illegal groupings in Nakuru’s CBD after the county Government in collaboration with security agents on Thursday commenced registration of street families within Nakuru’s CBD.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui says his administration has facilitated the ongoing registration aimed at identifying the needy street children that will help them return them in their homes and rehabilitate some of them.

“As a county we have commenced the registration of street families. We want to see how we can help some of them trace their families while others will be rehabilitated” said Kinyanjui.

This is in line with the directive that Governor Kinyanjui issued 20 days ago that all street children be registered in an attempt to address the rising menace of street families in the Naruku’s CBD.

Kinyanjui while decrying the huge number of street children in the CBD said within 2 weeks, all of them shall have been registered in the county data.

He says this will enable the county in rehabilitating some or even tracing their roots.

The governor said there are those who will be taken back to school, rehabilitation centres and also the county drop-in-centre to help them reform.

He also noted that after interacting with some of the children in the drop-in-centre, he realized that the street children needed guidance and support.

In February this year, the county government of Nakuru was on spot for rounding up street children who were later found dumped at Torongo area in Baringo.

The matter is currently being investigated by the county assembly of Nakuru and also the Senate.

PHOTO/NGPU:Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui when he officially launched the Disability Fund last month.

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