Pastor Dorcas Rigathi has challenged religious leaders to involve street children in tree-planting exercises in line with the government’s plan to plant at least 15 Billion trees.
Speaking at the Kenyatta Stadium Machakos County when she met over 4,000 religious’ leaders for a thanksgiving Pastor Dorcas said by doing so the street children will be kept busy after being rehabilitated by her office.
The religious leaders, Muslims and Christians, drawn from Machakos, Kitui and Makueni counties have offered to mentor, counsel and register the boys in the streets in their respective areas for rehabilitation and feeding program.
She further called on them to be at the forefront of the fight against drug and substance abuse. She said the religious bodies cannot be quiet about drug barons who are poisoning the youth in the country.
“We have a ‘pharaoh’ who is killing our boychildren and we must go for him. The drug barons must stop it, they cannot poison our children, kill them, make them zombies and keep quiet. We will pray and do something,” she said.
“And that is why we are saying that every primary school, secondary school, and TVET there should be a chaplain, so instil family values to tour children so that the future of children is secured,” she added.
Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti promised to establish a rehabilitation Centre in her county to support Pastor Dorcas’s initiative in rescuing the boychild.
The governor said the increased use of drugs and substance abuse had affected many youths in her county.
They spoke during the Lower Eastern Thanksgiving prayer service. Others present were Machakos Deputy Governor Francis Mwangangi, Lands, Public Works and Urban Development CAS Victor Munyaka and former Mbooni MP Kisoi Munyao among other local leaders.