UK launches school to house homeless Kenya kids
from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – THE British Commission has opened a new school for vulnerable and homeless street children in Kenya.
High Commissioner, Dr Christian Turner, has opened the facility in Gilgil.
The home, run by local charity Restart Africa, will provide refuge for
over 100 boys and girls who are desperately in need.
Abandoned, orphaned or driven out of their homes, many of these children were at acute risk of falling victim to hunger, violence, sexual abuse and drugs whilst living on the streets.
The new facility provides a safe environment for the children, aged from 4 months to 23 years, to learn and grow.
It comes complete with a computer lab, four classrooms, nursery room for the youngest, a dining hall and dorm rooms.
Turner said maintaining the security of children must be leader’s most
honest and worthwhile endeavour.
“We believe that our responsibility to protect children from abuse does
not stop at the borders of the United Kingdom.
“That is why we are working in partnership with the Kenyan authorities, and wonderful organisations like Restart, to ensure that children have the chance to learn and grow in the safest environment possible,” said Turner.
According to officials from the two countries, the event is the latest
step in the partnership between the UK, Kenyan authorities and NGOs to
protect vulnerable children in Kenya, and follows the January launch in
Kenya of the International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC).
The British High Commission has been working very closely with Restart
since the NCA uncovered a British child sex offender, Simon Harris, living amongst the community in Gilgil in 2013.
The convicted child abuser is currently serving 17 years in a UK prison.
Restart is caring for all his abusers.
– CAJ News
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