Govenror Chelilim speaks to some of the street childrne at the Eldoret Rescue Centre.

All Street Families in Eldoret to Be Moved To Rescue Centre

The County Government of Uasin Gishu has announced plans to move all street families out of Eldoret town streets.

Governor Jonathan Bii says the move is part of his administration’s effort to ensure the street families have a place they call home.

He said the street families will be moved to the Eldoret Rescue Centre.

Speaking at the centre when he unveiled a newly build dormitory, the governor said the street families will be taken good care of, including access to education, healthcare and skills that will enable them to be self-reliant.

Chelilim with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints official during the launch of a dormitory at the Eldoret Rescue Centre on December 6, 2022.

We will keep them and train them. Those above 18 years will get the necessary skills to be empowered to fend for themselves,” the governor said.

Here, we provide medical care. We also provide good dormitories,” he added.

Crime in Eldoret

Governor Bii further said the decision to remove all street children from the town had been informed by reports that some criminal elements were using them.

We had an operation in town and realized that some wrong elements merely using some street families as conduits of drugs especially bad substances like bhang. But because the children belong to us, we decided to bring them here so that we can appreciate them and keep the out of the streets,” said Chelilim.

Governor Chelilim speaks during a church service in Kapseret Sub County on December 4, 2022.

Street families have been a major challenge in Eldoret town since the inception of the devolution in 2013.

There has been a rise in the number of street families, a situation that was worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic which saw more children forced into the streets due to poverty.

As of December 2019, there were an estimated 2,500 street families – a number that is believed to have doubled.

The rise in the number of street families has been a security concern among Eldoret town locals and investors.

Don’t allow yourselves to be used in criminal activities. Remain here so that so can get a better life,” Governor Chelilim told the street families at Eldoret Rescue Centre.

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