Machakos First Lady, Lilian Ng’ang’a has expressed concern over the rising number of street children in the country.
Lilian petitioned both the National and County governments to find a permanent solution to the situation and strive to offer street children support by creating more rehabilitation centers. She said the rehabilitation program will enable street families to change and become more productive members of society.
“The potential lying in the people living in the streets can be harnessed by offering them skills that will make them fend for themselves,” said Ms. Ng’ang’a.
She was speaking at New Life Mwangaza Rehabilitation Centre in Katani when she visited the children living at the centre on the International day for street children.
April 12th, the international day for street children is celebrated globally to recognize their humanity, dignity, and defiance in the face of unimaginable hardships.
The aim of the day is to push governments and individuals worldwide to protect the rights of street children.
The United Nations, in 2017 acknowledged the rights of street children in a special document called the General Comment that guides governments on how they should treat street children in their countries as well as how to improve current practices.
It also shows the governments how to implement the document to ensure street children are offered the same human rights protection as all other children.