The state department for social protection want to strengthen the rehabilitation of street families within the community or family setup.
In a new policy document, the department through the street family’s rehabilitation trust fund, more street families would now be rehabilitated within the communities away from the infamous rehabilitation centers.
Addressing the press in Garissa, family rehabilitation trust fund programme officer Christine Ondieki said the new national policy on rehabilitation of street families acknowledges the need to counter the root causes that lead persons to live and work on the streets and to guarantee respect and dignified life within their communities or families.
“Children are pushed into living and working on the street by many factors among the poverty, tribal displacement and now the effects of the Covid-19 among others,” Ondieki said.
Garissa deputy county commissioner Bernard Ole Kipuri stressed the need for communities to embrace street families in line with the new strategy to rehabilitate outside the current setup.
Ole Kipuri said that although Garissa has 337 people living in the streets, the number is expected to grow due to Covid-19 pandemic and thus the need to plan ahead.
According to the department of social protection, tens of millions of children are living or working on the streets with their numbers continually growing due to population growth, urbanization and migration, particularly in the developing world such as Kenya.
The department says there is need for ‘a coordinated framework to support and empower vulnerable families to resilient livelihoods thus curtailing more persons from resorting to the streets, rescue those already in the streets and undertake rehabilitation programmes designed to make them self-reliant after reintegration into the community.