Human rights crusaders and philanthropists in Trans Nzoia County have called on the government to set up a kitty to meet the basic needs of children who are housed in various rescue centers across the country.
They raised the concern during a bonding session with teen mothers at the Kitale Family House of Hope Children’s Home within Namanjala location on the outskirts of Kitale town.
“We feel that the government has to establish a social welfare kitty to cater for feeding, medication and the education of all children in rescue centers so that they can attain their goals in life,” said Ms Jacie Nyambura, smile warriors foundation CEO.
Nyambura noted that not all children homes have the financial might to effectively meet the needs of the children who are abandoned by the society for various reasons yet they have a right to health, education and better lives.
They also called on government investigative agencies to tighten the noose with regard to containing a rise in teenage pregnancies which has seen many young girls drop out of school and some are even chased away by parents.
“Most of the children’s homes have teenage mothers whose lives took a different direction after they were defiled and rejected by their families. They need justice and a support system,” said Ms Elizabeth Chumba.
They also motivated the teenage mothers against giving up saying the fact that they have a new home and are able to continue with their education is a second chance in life which they should make use of to reach their dreams.
“I want you to know that giving birth at a young age is not the end of life. I went through a similar experience and I overcame the challenge and regained my focus in life after I was supported,” said Glady’s Mbugua.
The group donated foodstuffs, sanitary pads, bedding among other items and joined the minors in several bonding activities including dancing and sharing meals just to give them a sense of belonging.