On Friday it is the International Day for Street Children. We are celebrating the day as an opportunity for the global work to unite in the common cause of seeing equality for these children.
We are starting with our own community here in Kakamega. last week was the second ever Kakamega County Street Children Welfare Consortium meeting.
Members range from youth offenders teams, police, the local Children’s Department, children’s remand home and government representatives and local NGO’s. It is an incredible opportunity to work together to see the welfare of these children focussed on through a multi agency approach.
Just a few things things that we are celebrating from this important gathering are…
✔ The opportunity for members to share on a monthly radio slot information regarding children’s rights.
✔ The opportunity to write a policy together as a consortium for the care of street connected children, which will then be lobbied to the county government.
✔ The tangible strengthening of connections and encouragement between organisations.
✔ The discussion of the implementation of a referral system to ensure the street connected children can access emergency healthcare (for free!)
✔ Specified case handlers within the police force to assist organisations with cases involving street connected children.
✔ Growing partnership with the Ministry of Education to remove some of the stigma barriers that street connected children face when trying to re-engage with schools.
Needless to say we are pretty excited.
Join is in shouting about equality for street children this Friday!