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UNDUGU SOCIETY OF KENYA

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Networks for the Rescue, Rehabilitation and Reintegration Program

1. POLICE ADMINISTRATION

The Police serve as an integral partner in the implementation of interventions for children and youth living and working on the streets and other vulnerable children. Cases of abuse of vulnerable children in the community are forwarded by the organization to the police for expeditious determination. The police also offer their support in the eradication of harassment of children and youth on the streets by other policemen and members of the society. Undugu has formed various street associations for the purposes of training and empowering its members to seek alternative income generating activities. It is important that these street associations be protected from harassment in their course of trying to improve their living conditions.

2. KWETU HOME OF PEACE, RESCUE DADA AND ST. MARTIN’S HOME

Undugu Society of Kenya has a temporary place of safety and shelter in KItengela that accommodates children rescued from the streets temporarily and for a maximum of three months. While the children are being accommodated in the home, Undugu staff undertake to trace the parents of the child to commence family therapy and reintegrate the child back home. There are however instances when the parents of the child cannot be traced and Undugu partners with homes such as Kwetu Home of Peace, Rescue Dada and St. Martin’s Home to exit such children from the centre and place them in the homes for long term care and shelter.

3. KENYA ALLIANCE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF CHILDREN’S RIGHTS (KAACR)

This is a child focused organization known for its advocacy work on the rights of children. It spearheads a Child Participation Committee of which Undugu is a member. KAACR has been key in providing Information Education and Communication materials concerning the protection of children’s rights in Kenya. These materials have aided Undugu staff in facilitating trainings with the beneficiaries of the organization and other key stakeholders. The materials are also supplied to trainees and other community members to educate the community in general on the rights of children, as provided by law, and how to protect these rights.

4. NATIONAL AUTHORITY FOR THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST DRUG ABUSE (NACADA)

The main focus of this state corporation is to reduce the demand for alcohol intake and drug abuse through providing preventive education, public awareness, life skills, treatment, rehabilitation and psycho-social support to the general public. The main target beneficiaries for Undugu Society of Kenya are children and youth living and working on the streets. Because of various traumatizing experiences that have driven these children and youth to the streets, or those that they have faced while on the streets, most of them resort to drug and substance abuse as to help them forget their experiences. Training on drug and substance abuse of street associations is one of the first stages of rehabilitating street children and youth. It is through this that Undugu partners with NACADA to aid in facilitation of trainings and supply of IEC materials to the associations and other community members.

5. END CHILD PROSTITUTION IN KENYA (ECPIK)/ SEX WORKERS OUTREACH PROJECT

Undugu partners with these organizations in its Acting for Life Project that seeks to empower girls living on the streets and in the slums involved in commercial sex work with alternative life skills for survival and promoting their sexual rights. Undugu works closely with ECPIK who are key in addressing issues of child sexual exploitation of children, especially girls. ECPIK offer their support during training of girls under the project and they provide IEC materials to trainees. SWOP offer free medical attention and services to girls under the project and offering training on HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

6. AFRICAN NETWORK FOR THE PREVENTION AND PROTECTION AGAINST CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

This is a child rights organization that supports individuals and organizations in addressing issues of children rights. ANNCPAN spearheads the Nairobi Child Protection Team, a network body, of which Undugu is a member. The members of this team have been assisting each other in referral of cases that involve services not being offered by Undugu, such as legal aid and medical care of abused children. The network also organizes stakeholder forums where Undugu makes various presentations based on the interventions we carry out.