By Obegi Malack
Nairobi Member of County Assembly (MCA) Margaret Mbote has urged her counterparts in Kajiado County and National Parliament legislators to pass laws to support children’s homes.
Mbote, who is also a director of St Paul Children home in Rongai lamented that the National and County governments do not give much support to children’s homes, leaving them instead to be assisted by donors.
“Government officials often bring children to the homes but they do not offer support to those homes. The Government should set aside funds to support vulnerable children,” she noted.
“Children need a place to sleep and eat as they report to schools,” she noted and called on MCAs in Kajiado County to pass bills to ban prostitution as Nairobi MCAs had done.
Mbote who was speaking during celebrations to mark 18th anniversary of the children’s home in Olekasasi, noted that more than 1,500 children have being assisted by the home. Some have been married while some are now in colleges and regularly visit the centre to share with other children.
Nominated MCA Washuka Mathenge and Restoration of Life Centre’s Rev Henry Omae, who is also chairman Kajiado North Child Network, were among guests who graced the occasion.
In Kajiado North Sub County there are street children in the cosmopolitan towns of Rongai and Kiserian. Most of the children are sent to beg for food by their parents who live in slums such Mathare and Kware.