The role of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOS) in the rehabilitation of street children in Nairobi
Muasya, Jonathan N.
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This study is about Undugu Society of Kenya, a local NGO in the rehabilitation of street children in Nairobi, Kenya. It is a descriptive investigation covering the history of the establishment, the characteristics of the former street children in its care, the interventions fashioned to meet their needs and the anticipated outcomes of the efforts in rehabilitation of the street children. The study examines the effectiveness and relevance of Undugu Street Children rehabilitation programmes which are meant to help these troubled children who live out of parental, society's and state control. The study findings show that Undugu is playing an important role in providing former street children In their care with all basic human needs such as food, shelter, education, vocational training, health care, protection, care, love and a sense of belonging among other necessities. However, the rehabilitation programmes could still be improved to yield better results. The study recommends recruitment of more qualified personnel; setting high standards in the homes in terms of behavior, dressing and discipline; fostering cooperation with other NGOs in the rehabilitation of street children to avoid duplication and/or competition etc. The study has also emphasized the importance of evaluating the programmes to reflect and incorporate current practices in the rehabilitation of street children. Recommendations for further research have also been suggested.