Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on Nairobi Street Children

The project analyses impact of covid-19 on street children of Nairobi. Normally, they have always been sidelined and neglected. This is evedent from lack of street campaigns that adress street children needs. The onjectives of the project is to look at needs of street children in terms of their food security, cwashing of hands and sanitization.

Stage of the project

Idea

Starting Up

Implementation

Realised

The results of the project so far

Through well-wishers street children have been provided with facemasks and sanitizers, feeding program has been started to meet welfare needs of street children thus minimises hunger. There has been mobilization of individuals and groups that has come together to volunteer their services to test covid-19 cases in street children. Street children have been educated and given knowledge abou covid-19.

What are specific, distinctive, strong elements in this project?

Street families are human and they have needs. In addition, they are oftenly abused and harrassed without charges pressed to the perpetriators. They are often victimimized, tortured or even killed with no concern or precision on castigators. Hence street families should not be seen as tools rather be seen as consequences of failed institution or systems. Covid-19 has leveled up the gap between social classes and it has been seen there is no first amond equals hence adress this crisis equaly.

Which specific lessons, do's and don'ts would you like to share? What would be suggestions for others when preparing or implementing the project in their own city?

Focuses on health and well-being of street children especially in pandemic era. Utilises community resources in providing clean environment to street children. Looking at needs of street children by providing psycho-social support, mentorship and counselling. Linking street children with safe homes thus providing shelter and also voluntery repatriation to their homes.

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