An organisation that has been championing eradication of street families to meaningful economic and sporting activities in Thika has gone a notch higher after introducing street children football friendly matches thrice a week.
This comes at a time when Thika Town continues to experience an upsurge of street children many of who are either abandoned by their families, are school dropouts have lost hope in life. Thika town dwellers have in the recent past decried an increase in violent mugging vice which had left a section injured, robbed valuables or threatened by a group, which is suspected to be the street children.
The charitable organisation funded by Newton Njoroge, a casual employee in Thika has apart from rehabilitating 69 street children been able to reunite four street children with their families. Two of the rehabilitated children have found their way back to school courtesy of Njoroge.
Speaking to People Daily in Thika, Njoroge said that the Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday friendly matches have enabled the neglected children to find touch with the community.
He said that the newly-formed team aims at joining a team that will represent Kenya in the upcoming street child world cup. “This initiative has been able to change the negative perceptions and treatment of street children in Thika.
The sporting friendly matches will help us select a representation that will join the Kenyan team in the upcoming street child world cup,” he said. He said that through the life skills sessions that the children are enrolled to, their discipline has been bettered making them friendly, useful people in the society. “We have in fact been able to hook two of the children to employers who have agreed to employ them casually,” said Njoroge.