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Day 13

Today I joined the social worker that works with the children in the Kakamega area. I accompanied her to WEAEP-K’s drop-in center for street children. It is located on a small school campus where girls can get trained in tailoring and secretarial work. We have a few girls sponsored at the school who have been recommended through the area women’s groups. This morning we were screening the girls who came to be sponsored. A couple of girls just showed up because they heard about the program but unfortunately we only are able to accept girls that come through the women’s groups so they had to be sent away.

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On the land of the school we have housing for 13 boys. They are essentially living in what can only be described as a metal shed filled with bunk beds. There is a woman that cooks meals for them and they are enrolled in area schools. Currently there is no adult living there with them although they are trying to find a person to live there. The staff members who work with the street children and orphans are usually able to stop in once a day to check on them but that is just one of their many responsibilities. The boys pretty much have no belongings, no books, no toys, nothing except their school outfits and another outfit to wear when they are home. I played kickball with them; the ball was made out of plastic sacks and twine.

These are boys that were found on the streets that we are slowly rehabilitating. Many of the area street children are boys addicted to huffing glue and have very messed up lives. When identified the social worker does home tracing to see if she can locate their parents or other family members to get them back at home. The boys that stay at the drop-in center for an extended period of time do not have families that were found that can care for them. Either everyone has passed away or the parents are alcoholics or drug addicts and no extended family can be located.

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If family members are located the social working will meet with the local area chief to see if he can intercede with the family, to get them to take care of the child. Many times a visit from a chief can get people to realize the severity of the situation and get them to shape up because culturally here, families are supposed to take care of the children. Even if it is not their own child but instead an extended family member. One interesting aspect of the Luyha tribe culture is that children are the father’s not the mother’s so if the parents separate they stay with the father. Many times this causes problems when the father gets a second wife because she does not want to take on the responsibility of caring for children that are not hers. This causes the children to run away.

On the same property we have a little workshop where older boys who are being rehabilitated take carpentry lessons and learn how to make bricks. To get into secondary school here you have to test well. For these boys, they may not have even finished primary school so this is a great way for them to get technical training that will hopefully lead them to be self-sufficient.

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Although they are stretched thin WEAEP-K’s staff goes above and beyond the call of duty. Many times they will stop by the drop-in center after hours or on the weekends to check on the kids. A few of them have also housed children in the interim while their cases are figured out.

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