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A shivering street urchin approaches you in Makutano town asking for a few coins, maybe
ten shillings so that they can drink some tea. Persistently, he begs for a few pennies and you
go through this every single day. But have you taken a moment to think through all the
anguish that these street children popularly known as ‘Born Tao’ experience day in day out?
Maybe not.
It is out of the despair and hopelessness of these children that governor Prof John
Lonyangapuo and his deputy Dr Nicholas Atudonyang met them and distributed over sixty
blankets and soaps in a move to help alleviate their suffering.


While handing over the items to them at Chelang’a gardens, the governor said that a bill will
be tabled in the county assembly aimed at proving a means to help the street kids access basic
necessities.
“Most of the children we see here today are orphans. They also need to get education and that
is why we shall work to ensure that we build a special school with a rehab and counselling
centre.”
His deputy Dr Atudo maintained that they are committed in ensuring that all the residents of
this county experience better lives. “These children belong to us and it is our responsibility to
look out for them,” he said.


He also emphasized on the need to put an end to drug abuse that continue to affect most of
the youths today. “It is heart-breaking to see young children as the ones here today using
drugs as an alternative to escape their suffering. We all need to help them as a society.”
Isaac Krop who spoke on behalf of the street kids said that more needs to be done in order to
help them. He said most of them are over 18 years of age and are yet to receive national
identity cards.


He however expressed his gratitude to the governor and his deputy for keeping their promise.
“During the campaign period, we requested the governor and his deputy to give us blankets.
We sleep on verandas, which is very cold. But we are happy today as that promise has come
to be.”
As he concluded his visit, the governor urged hotel owners in town to give left over foods to
the children instead of throwing it.

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