Factors influencing sustainability of street children rehabilitation programs managed by nongovernmental organizations: a case of rescue centers in Mathare constituency, Nairobi county, Kenya
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have increasingly been recognized today as vital development partners in aid delivery. This recognition is grounded on the fact that they have been able to position themselves before the donor community as credible institutions that seek the interest of vulnerable people in their quest to gain a voice in the social, political, and economic discourse of a nation. Despite the role of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) as actors in development, the question of NGOs‟ sustainability has been a major issue of concern since over seventy percent of these NGOs do not live to celebrate their sixth birthday. This study sought an investigation of the factors that influence the sustainability of street children rehabilitation programs managed by NGOs in Kenya The objective of the study was to determine factors influencing sustainability of street children rehabilitation programs managed by NonGovernmental Organizations in Kenya. The study adopted descriptive Survey as it portrayed an accurate profile of persons, events and situations; it allowed the Collection of large amounts of data from a sizeable population in a highly economical way. The target population for this study was 100 staff of Rescue Centers in Mathare constituency, Nairobi County, which is made up of The Board of Directors, Operational Manager, Supervisor and support staff. Since the study population was small, the study conducted a complete census of the population. The sample size was therefore 100 staff of rescue centers, the primary data for the study was collected using selfadministered questionnaires. It was therefore examined and checked for completeness and comprehensibility. It will then be summarized, coded and tabulated using SPSS. Descriptive statistics was employed used. The results to be presented in form of tables, frequencies and percentage. From the findings, the study concluded that funding has a great impact on sustainability of these programs; funding source played a key role in ensuring the programs exist to celebrate their sixth birthday. Stakeholders‟ participation was critical in the implementation of these programs, Stakeholders ensure sustainability of these projects through contribution of funds/other resources, through designing and in management, it has also facilitated participation of local communities in supporting development initiatives related to these programs while on the other hand encouraging residents to take ownerships of their own programs. The capacity development of management was a critical factor influencing the sustainability of the programs, with their technical skills and knowledge, management are able to use their conceptual skills to come up with long term goals, objectives and mission statement that will see these programs achieve sustainable development as well as improving the efficiency of the programs and increasing the longevity of the projects. The study recommends that the level of stakeholders‟ participation in the entire project lifecycle should be increased to enhance the sustainability of street children rehabilitation programs. The project management should be based on meritocracy and persons of high integrity.