Family donates land for street children project - Daily Nation

Family donates land for street children project

Thursday February 18 1999

By NATION Correspondent

Mombasa's Swaleh Nguru family will give up 2,000 acres for a street children rehabilitation project in Lamu.

Any organisation wishing to set up a rehabilitation centre may take up the offer, the family spokesman, Mr Farouk Swaleh Nguru, said.

He was speaking at Nyali Beach last weekend during a ceremony to hand over land the family donated to the UNHCR to host Somali refugees at Jomvu Kuu camp in Mombasa west.

He said the family was concerned about the plight of street children countrywide and had decided to make the land offer.

The family member urged donors to assist the government tackle the street children crisis, which had become a security concern countrywide.

Mr Nguru said the rehabilitation centre planned in Lamu would assist children countrywide and not only those from the Coast.

He called on NGOs to assist in setting up the necessary infrastructure for the project, saying the family was ready to work with any group or individuals with the interests of street children at heart.

"As a family, we decided that the 2,000 acres are enough for an institution to host thousands of children. The location of the centre would also be ideal as children will not be disrupted by the hustle and bustle that characterise the town centre."

He added that the family had identified Mpeketoni area as ideal for the project and called for support from organisations involved in children's welfare to come forward and set up the institution.

"Our aim is to ensure street children are rehabilitated and given the necessary skills to set up income-generating projects."

During the ceremony, several other families were awarded by the UNHCR for their contribution towards the welfare of refugees in the area.