Project information

Education & livelihoods, Kitale

This project aims to improve primary education for 600 disadvantaged children and provide vocational training for 600 youth living alone on the streets. We will reduce the number of children coming to the streets and economically empower 400 families & strengthen relationships between child & parent

July 2013 - June 2016

Charity information: Railway Children

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  • Need


    In our 2009 research children & youth indicated that lack of education was a push factor to the streets. An estimated 1 million children in Kenya are not in school despite free primary education. However, families are required to provide a school uniform, shoes and books, as well as examination fees; consequently many children either do not enrol or drop-out of education due to poverty. High absentee rates from primary education have also been linked to child labour, sickness & parental neglect.


    Street workers will contact children, encouraging them to engage with the shelter, access basic needs & education. Counselling will prepare the children and families for a return home and will be supported with school uniform, educational materials and exam fees, ensuring a return to education. Families will also be supported to engage in Bio-intensive farming & business opportunities to ensure food security & income to support their children in school.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Children living on the streets will be reintegrated with their families and access school


    » Outreach workers will build relationships with children arriving on the streets engaging them with the shelter and non-formal education
    » Family workers will support enrolment into school for reintegrated children & their siblings, providing uniforms, educational materials and fees.

    Success will be a reduction in the total number of children living without family support on the streets and out of education

    Aim 2

    Youth will be able to live sustainably and independently within society & move away from the streets


    » Youth will be formed into ‘associations’ enabled to support one another, with opportunities for life skills training
    » Youth will access opportunities through vocational training and business skills training to start a business or access employment

    Success will be improved levels of youth contributing to society and able to support their future family through employment and secure accommodation

    Aim 3

    Parents will be able to support their children back into education and improve their livelihood


    » Through parenting skills families will build better relationships and prevent reintegrated children and siblings from taking to the streets
    » Families of reintegrated children will have access to skills training, business start-up and bio-intensive farming to improve their income

    Success will be improved family relationships with reduced instances of children migrating to the streets, and dropping out of education

    Aim 4

    New children coming to the streets will be able to access safety and move away from street life.


    » Associations will refer new children coming to the streets to outreach workers, where they will be able to access a safe place, away from the street.

    Success will be a reduction in the time children spend on the streets before accessing safety.

  • Impact


    Poverty & violence in families leads to negative life results and makes repetition of violence more likely in later generations. This project will bring about changes in parental behaviours and thereby break cycles of violence and also poverty, allowing healthy development of children and youth. This in turn will decrease the numbers of children taking to the streets to survive and thereby dropping out of education, resulting in young people enabled to contribute in a positive way within society


    There is a risk that children will not be able to return to their families. In this case children will be referred to longer term care. In addition, there is a risk that children or parents will not be able to engage with rehabilitation due to stigma or emotional, psychological or mental health issues but this will be mitigated through counselling and the skill of project staff to engage them in the process.


    Our partners submit quarterly progress reports and biannual project visits are made. We engage with partners and beneficiaries through technical support workshops and training. Our website includes regular updates and blogs. We also communicate with our donors through e-newsletters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £276,431

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      Amount Heading Description
      £39,372 Streetwork Outreach on street and drop-in centre
      £104,024 Shelter home Provides a place of safety and access to education, counselling and basic needs
      £43,672 Reintegration Family strengthening and income generation
      £14,000 Education School Uniforms, exam fees and educational equipment
      £35,509 Empowerment Youth business skills training and mentoring
      £39,854 Monitoring Monitoring & Evaluation, reporting
  • Background


    Kitale, in the Trans-Nzoia County, is the gateway to the semi-arid northern Kenya and at the foot of the troubled Mount Elgon region. The county has a population of 818,757, of which 61% is below 18 years and only about 20 per cent is urban dwelling. The county covers a land area of 2,487.3 square kilometres.


    Children and youth living alone on the streets will benefit from access to shelter, education, vocational training and family reintegration, where possible. Of children connected to the street in Kitale, 83% spend all their time on the streets and outside of the education system. Families will benefit from training to start bio-intensive farming or start alternative small businesses to increase their income and improve their lives.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Railway Children has been working with stakeholders in the region since 2006 supporting work with children living alone and at risk on the streets. This enables us to not only utilise their local knowledge, but to offer our technical expertise and training to build their capacity for the benefit of more children and youth. We collaborate with local government departments, police, schools and community leaders to ensure that awareness is raised of the issue and that best practices are shared.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Child Rescue Kenya (CRK)

    CRK will provide outreach, drop-in services, inc. food, education and healthcare, short stay shelter, youth services & reintegration to school & home.

Education ensures a brighter future for children

Education ensures a brighter future for children


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