Every child in this world, either from east or west has a right to good food, safe drinking water, shelter, clothing, health care and an education. It is regrettable that the majority of children in developing countries lack most of the above, if not all. Some go without a meal for days while others live in slums where healthcare is not available, hence exposing them to a lot of health hazards. No person, let alone a child should be forced to live under such conditions.
The Kenyan child is no exception from the above cases, especially with;
• The 2007 post election skirmishes which left thousands of children orphaned and vulnerable after their parents and relatives were murdered by fighting communities
• High levels of HIV/AIDS related cases resulting in young children being left in the care of the aged population, who are unable to look after them
• High levels of poverty with nearly 7.5 million people (1/4 of the population) still earning less than one dollar a day. This has resulted in high numbers of;
o Street families
o Drug and alcohol abuse
o Teenage pregnancy
o Child abuse, exploitation, neglect and abandonment
o And, early death from preventable diseases, such as malaria, cholera, TB, typhoid and measles.
The average life expectancy in Kenya is only 53 years old *.
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