International Needs UK are launching a new project with their partners in Kenya to build a Leadership and Talent Centre to provide street youth in Nairobi with holistic rehabilitation and talent development. Through this centre, the lives of hundreds of youth can be transformed.
The statistics on street children in Kenya paint a grim picture. According to a national census conducted in 2018, there are a total of 46,639 families on the streets of Nairobi. Out of this, 72,45% are male and 27.65% are female. Survival on the streets is tough with limited access to food, medical care, clean water, sanitation facilities and shelter. With the rising numbers, urgent interventions are required for rehabilitation from drugs and reintegration back to their families and society.
International Needs UK has been supporting the rescuing and rehabilitation of street boys and youth in Kenya since 2006 with the means of a drop in centre and half way house. The Leadership and Talent Centre will provide a permanent site for an extended rehabilitation programme which will offer feeding, spiritual and psychological counselling, extra-curricular activities, sports, non-formal education, vocational training, entrepreneurship and business management skills training.