The National Government through Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund in partnership with stakeholders is developing a national policy document to help address the challenges of street families in the country.
The document once finalized will help address the numerous gaps in terms of policy and legal framework, knowledge, culture and change of mindset as well as gaps in coordination and management of street families.
According to the Acting CEO Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund Ms Caroline Towett, since establishment in 2003 through a gazette notice 1558 there has never been a clear framework or legislation.
Speaking in Nakuru during a public participation meeting of stakeholders from various Children’s Department, Ms Towett was clear that a National Policy document since 2015 has never been finalized due to various administrative challenges.
She was however quick to note that with the draft policy in place and input of the various stakeholders incorporated then there shall be proper coordination and management of issues to do with street families.
“Basically we are here in Nakuru to collect views from the stakeholders in line with the development of this document that will inform the coordination and management of street families in the country” said the CEO.
Wario Yatani-a member Board of Trustees for Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund says the development of the document is key in the management and coordination of the street families.
He noted that families on the streets are not living as the other Kenyans as they are subjected to many problems.
His appeal is to all Kenyans to support the Board and the Government in establishing the same so that Kenya can be free from street families.
“Those in the streets are not living the normal lives like other Kenyans. They are subjected to many problems and that is why as a Board we believe the Policy document will help address this and ensure Kenya is free from street families” said Wario.
Sentiments echoed by Assistant County Commissioner 1 Mary Mwangi form the Nakuru County Commissioner’s office.The administrator admitting that indeed several efforts have been put in place to ensure that the menace of street families is addressed.
She is however quick to note that in the past the efforts were uncoordinated hence leading to more confusion and lack of proper solution.
“Several efforts have been in place but you realize that they were not well coordinated but with the policy document it will now be addressed” she said.
The Public participation forum was also attended by administrators and various stakeholders in the children department.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili: Wario Yatani-a member Board of Trustees for Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund addressing media in Nakuru on Thursday January 23,2019.