Initiative offers orphans new homes

Irene Githinji @gitshee

The government has launched new guidelines that will see more than five million orphans and vulnerable children moved from charitable organisations and other harsh environments to family set-ups.

Labour and Social Protection Cabinet secretary Ukur Yattani launched the plan yesterday.

Under the new plan, vulnerable children will be put under the care of responsible people and families in an effort to save them from challenges such as abuse and defilement.

Already, more than 100 officers drawn from the National Police Service, churches and Children’s Department have been trained on how to implement the guidelines. 

The move comes against the backdrop of increased reports of defilement cases.

Speaking when he unveiled the new plan in Kisumu yesterday, ministry’s acting Children Services director Charles Ondogo yesterday said the new guidelines will benefit at least three million children orphaned due to HIV/Aids.

“The plan will benefit more than eight million children who are made vulnerable due to poverty, harmful cultural practices, family breakups and abandonment,” he said.

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