NAIROBI, Kenya, MATCH 12, 2020 – Street families are an integral part of the society and the Kenya government has an obligation to secure them like any other citizenry.
The Cabinet Secretary for Labour and Social Protection, Mr Simon Chelugui says Street Families have an inalienable right to live in a safe environment and live a life of dignity irrespective of the circumstances that have caused them to live below that expectation.
Mr Chelugui spoke during a meeting with members of the Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund (SFRTF) who paid him a courtesy call in his office Monday. The SFRTF Board of Trustee members were led by the Chairperson, Jebii Kilimo.
“The right for street families to live in dignity is enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya 2010 (Bill of Rights and Article 43 on Social and Economic Rights).”
Mr Chelugui said this is the reason why the government established the Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund in March 2003 to address the plight of streets families in Kenya.
The Labour and Social Protection CS said the issue of street families, which includes Street Children is a global social problem that needs concerted efforts, determination and innovation to tackle.
While applauding the government for setting aside resources to help alleviate the plight of street families, Mr. Chelugui stressed that Kenyans must accept and shoulder the collective responsibility and play their part in making life better for everyone.
“This is a possible and doable mission; together we can bring change to all our streets in the country,” the CS affirmed. He further noted that “the new Trustee Board, under the leadership of Jebii Kilimo has brought new life into this work.”
“To all those who are beneficiaries of technical and financial support from the Fund, our expectation is high; we expect to have those who are in your programs transit through the 4R Strategy Rescue, Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Re-socialization into the society,” he noted.
Kilimo was optimistic and assured beneficiaries of technical and financial support from the Fund. “We expect to have those who are in the SFRTF programs to transit through the 4R Strategy Rescue, Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Re-socialization into the society,” she said.
SFRTF was established to coordinate rehabilitation activities for street families and conduct public education drives on street families’ issues.
The Fund is also charged with the responsibility of mobilising resources through fundraising as well as receiving donations and funding street families’ rehabilitation programmes.
It is also supposed to manage donations for the rehabilitation of street families through a trust fund; monitoring expenditure and disbursement of donations; and advising the government and other relevant agencies on matters relating to rehabilitation of street families.
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