Untold Stories: Street Children and Families in Mombasa County

Fatuma's Voice Mombasa Untold Stories: Street Children and Families in Mombasa County

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Untold Stories: Street Children and Families in Mombasa County

Kibarani dumping site, Mwembe Tayari, Maboksini slums, Makadara, Tononoka, Ganjoni, Railways and Marikiti are places known to harbour street children. Their seemingly beat-up lives render them alienated from human dignity.

Fatuma's Voice Mombasa Untold Stories: Street Children and Families in Mombasa County

Fatuma’s Voice Mombasa Untold Stories: Street Children and Families in Mombasa County

Couples Action to help street children:

Society shuns street children because of their filthy state and sometimes dangerous gangs that people feel unsafe around. But how often do we ask ourselves what makes them urchins? Who should we claim to be responsible for these children and why are we adamant to getting them off the Mombasa streets?

Is it ever enough to arrest them when the government feels like ‘clearing them up’ or taking them to children’s homes?

Street children sharing their dreams: Wema Centre for Street Children Mombasa 

These kids have grown with their own narratives. Many of them have promising lives and could be nurtured to be influential people in communities but our unresponsive attitude continues to diminish many of their dreams.

“There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace.”

— Kofi Annan

Fatuma's Voice Mombasa Untold Stories: Street Children and Families in Mombasa County

Fatuma’s Voice Mombasa Untold Stories: Street Children and Families in Mombasa County

Urban poverty in cities such as Nairobi, Kisumu, and Mombasa is an underlying cause of child homelessness. But more can be done to improve the quality of life experienced by these youth, many of whom have even began families in the cold.

Creating solutions to help street children

Perhaps we ought to ponder on the humanness of their identity. We should ask ourselves why it is easy to show them rejection and disgust. We should answer the reasons we view them as outcasts who are no good for anyone.

Many of these street children are witty, talented and some educated too. What they lack most is opportunity and understanding. People to change their hurdles into possibility. This would curb cases of insecurity and radicalization that we currently associate them with.

Fatuma’s Voice Mombasa

On 25th August 2016, Fatuma’s Voice Mombasa invites you to hear the stories of these children, their experiences, dreams and hopes. This shall be coupled by music and poetry. Welcome all.

Event: Fatuma’s Voice Mombasa
Theme: UntoldStories: Street Children
Hashtag: #UntoldStoriesMSA
Venue: Little Theatre Club
Date: 25.08.16
Time: 5pm-8pm
Charges: Ksh 100/=
Website: https://www.fatumasvoice.org/untold-stories-street-children-mombasa-county/

Fatuma's Voice Mombasa Untold Stories: Street Children and Families in Mombasa County

Fatuma’s Voice Mombasa Untold Stories: Street Children and Families in Mombasa County

This post has been read 2051 times!

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