The Invisible Street Girls
Blog August 2019
It is often wrongly assumed that homeless boys out number girls in a 9-1 ratio in the streets of Nairobi. However, a recent study that covered 12 locals in the Nairobi district, show’s that girls now constitute about 25% of the countable population of street kids. Alarmingly this percentage grows as the child’s age declines, in under the age of five bracket, close to 45% of the children are female. Boys have an easier time finding street jobs than girls. If they are thrifty, they can survive by collecting trash, loading and unloading merchandise for markets and doing other odd jobs. It is often easier to turn to drugs or organized crime, but at least they have an option. The girls have it even worse, if they do not have the protection of family members or a boyfriend, they have no choice but to turn to prostitution.
According to statistics about 63 percent of the children have been on the streets either on a part time or full-time basis for up to 5 years. Over 12 percent have been on the streets for between 6-10 years while another 13 percent cannot remember when or how they ended up on the streets.
There are many reasons that children turn to the streets. Most children report that they were either orphaned or abandoned. Many leave homes willingly in an effort to fend for themselves as their families have little or no resources to provide for them. Economically kids from poor families often suffer from lack of adequate care because their families have to spend most of their time and energy just trying to survive.
Tumaini Youth Center thanks all Donors and Sponsors for helping us build a new girl’s dormitory. This has allowed us to expand our girls program and take in up to twenty more needy female children. May God Bless your generosity.