Protecting Kenya’s Most Vulnerable Children
A series of media investigations link charitable children’s institutions (CCIs) to child trafficking and forced begging networks, both locally in Kenya and regionally involving Uganda and Tanzania.
CCIs are private centres regulated by government. They include orphanages, and disability and protection centres for vulnerable children.
Michelle Oliel, co-founder of the Stahili Foundation non-profit organisation working on child protection, tells ENACT that CCIs, especially along Kenya border counties with Uganda and Tanzania, are involved in trafficking. These CCIs run as orphanages or disability centres, and recruit children for street begging. Border towns in Kenya are busy areas of commerce cutting across Uganda and Tanzania.