20150620_135907INTRESTING THING ABOUT ELDORET

Eldoret is a principle city in western Kenya. It is a settlement, town, city, populated place and a geographical area.Eldoret has a population of about 252,016 people according to the 2009 census but the population has definitely risen but a correct estimate cannot be made because census in Kenya is done after ten years.Eldoret is a home of famous world athletes and other different kinds of people. Among the population are street children.

STREET CHILDREN IN ELDORET

There are many types of street children in Eldoret ranging from young to middle aged to grownups. Some of them were born on the streets, or some are sent by their parents to the streets or abandoned by their parents due to difficulties raising them or some went missing.

These street children inhabiting Eldoret have interesting facts on how they live and survive in the town. From my survey on how they survive I found out that;

The street children are divided into different types and groups

  1. The kids aged 5-12

These street children survive mainly on begging since they cannot work. The money they get is used to buy glue which they sniff and also food. They are mainly found around supermarket entrances for example, Uchumi supermarket, Naivas supermarket, Tuskys supermarket and Transmatt.

These children are often harmless but once you give one child some money,  often the rest would want you to give them some money or food too. Usually they all share amongst themselves whatever they get as a group.

  1. The teenagers , 13-19

These street children survive on different tactics. Some are creative and help people in showing them directions while parking their vehicles and these are mainly found around Uchumi supermarket that is next to Elgon View College and also Transmatt supermarket. These children are mainly found during evening hours as from 4 pm to 6 pm since people are shopping before leaving for their homes.

Often they charge people for these services and they have in mind an idea that some change is always left in their pockets.

Also, these children survive by collecting tins and scrap metals which they sell them to grocery stores or people who sell cereals and beans or peas that are sold as per tin either big ones or small ones. They sell the scrap metals to Jua Kali artisans who use them to make various things e.g. frying pans, jikos etc.

Some who cannot do all that survive by begging and often roam anywhere around town

  1. The adults

These cannot survive on begging since they are all grown up and people believe they can do something for themselves.

They therefore survive by burning old worn out tires along Sosiani river bank where no one inhabits. After burning the tires they come up with binding wires which are sold to Jua kali artisans or they sell them to the public directly at cheaper prices.

They also collect plastic, papers, sacks and bottles from dumping areas around town and sell them back to manufacturing companies for recycling. They also collect wood and threads which are used by carpenters to make things like coaches.

The mature ones can do heavier jobs for example offloading Lorries at markets that carry bananas, potatoes, maize or second hand clothes. They also help people carry heavy luggage using their shoulders or the more advanced one hire carts.

Furthermore some after getting some money, they buy polythene papers then sell them around town therefore earning them a living

The ones that are lazy and are grownups with experience in the streets often are robbers and pick-pocketers after stealing commodities like mobile phone they often sell them to people at cheaper prices.

HOW STREET CHILDREN LIVE

They mainly live along Sosiani river bank inside bushes and some sleep along the streets. Some gather under bridges for example the minor bridge that is used by pedestrians to cross the river from town towards pioneer estate. Mostly families with kids or the grown up that have ‘married’ live there and they’ve designed polythene sheets to make houses and they make their food there. They’ve converted the bridge to their permanent home. Also, from my finding most street children come from outside town majorly Langas estate and they come during the morning hours and leave at around 8 pm to 9 pm. They board pickups and Lorries when they slowdown in pumps and also they get free lifts from busses going towards the route.

Conclusion

Street children in eldoret have a benefit to the town and also they have a bad thing about them for example;

  • They help conserve the environment by collecting recyclable commodities like plastics and papers and metals hence they help to keep the town clean.
  • They also help to reduce accidents by helping reversing vehicles from a parking spot into the road by signalling oncoming vehicles
  • They also increase car security because they watch over them when owner do their business
  • Through their innovation they help enhance business in eldoret by selling commodities like polythene bags and also by selling metals used in making jikos or boxes for students.

The street children are a  disadvantage because ;

  • They increase insecurity because some engage in stealing or robbing with violence or even cerry out killings since the authoritie do not have their fingerprints. Also because of them mounting vehicles withou the owners knowledge, they may make away with goods that were being carried.
  • They furthermore bring general discomfort for the public since no one would feel safe with street children around the

The county government should do something to reduce the number of street children in eldoret. This is by picking them up from wherever they find them in town. They are important people to the economy in that they are innovative too but they lack opportunities to be better people but few of them have a mind to transition into reputable people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTRESTING THING ABOUT ELDORET

Eldoret is a principle city in western Kenya. It is a settlement, town, city, populated place and a geographical area.Eldoret has a population of about 252,016 people according to the 2009 census but the population has definitely risen but a correct estimate cannot be made because census in Kenya is done after ten years.Eldoret is a home of famous world athletes and other different kinds of people. Among the population are street children.

STREET CHILDREN IN ELDORET

There are many types of street children in Eldoret ranging from young to middle aged to grownups. Some of them were born on the streets, or some are sent by their parents to the streets or abandoned by their parents due to difficulties raising them or some went missing.

These street children inhabiting Eldoret have interesting facts on how they live and survive in the town. From my survey on how they survive I found out that;

The street children are divided into different types and groups,

              Young street children between 5 to 10 years along Oloo street                

  1. The kids aged 5-12

These street children survive mainly on begging since they cannot work. The money they get is used to buy glue which they sniff and also food. They are mainly found around supermarket entrances for example, Uchumi supermarket, Naivas supermarket, Tuskys supermarket and Transmatt.

These children are often harmless but once you give one child some money,  often the rest would want you to give them some money or food too. Usually they all share amongst themselves whatever they get as a group as evident in the following pictures

       street children begging for money                    street children sharing their earnings

  1. The teenagers , 13-19

These street children survive on different tactics. Some are creative and help people in showing them directions while parking their vehicles and these are mainly found around Uchumi supermarket that is next to Elgon View College and also Transmatt supermarket. These children are mainly found during evening hours as from 4 pm to 6 pm since people are shopping before leaving for their homes.

Often they charge people for these services and they have in mind an idea that some change is always left in their pockets.

Also, these children survive by collecting tins and scrap metals which they sell them to grocery stores or people who sell cereals and beans or peas that are sold as per tin either big ones or small ones. They sell the scrap metals to Jua Kali artisans who use them to make various things e.g. frying pans, jikos etc.

Some who cannot do all that survive by begging and often roam anywhere around town

Street child helping a vehicle out of a parking sport                                   street child showing off tins to grocery vendor

  1. The adults

These cannot survive on begging since they are all grown up and people believe they can do something for themselves.

They therefore survive by burning old worn out tires along Sosiani river bank where no one inhabits. After burning the tires they come up with binding wires which are sold to Jua kali artisans or they sell them to the public directly at cheaper prices.

They also collect plastic, papers, sacks and bottles from dumping areas around town and sell them back to manufacturing companies for recycling. They also collect wood and threads which are used by carpenters to make things like coaches.

The mature ones can do heavier jobs for example offloading Lorries at markets that carry bananas, potatoes, maize or second hand clothes. They also help people carry heavy luggage using their shoulders or the more advanced one hire carts.

Furthermore some after getting some money, they buy polythene papers then sell them around town therefore earning them a living

The ones that are lazy and are grownups with experience in the streets often are robbers and pick-pocketers after stealing commodities like mobile phone they often sell them to people at cheaper prices.

The following are some of the pictures to illustrate how they work

Grown ups offloading bananas from a lorry at municipal market                                 An adult  buying polythene papers at central arcade

Adults  collecting papers and sacks.                               Adults collecting plastic bottles                        A tyre burning point at Sosiani bridge

HOW STREET CHILDREN LIVE

They mainly live along Sosiani river bank inside bushes and some sleep along the streets. Some gather under bridges for example the minor bridge that is used by pedestrians to cross the river from town towards pioneer estate. Mostly families with kids or the grown up that have ‘married’ live there and they’ve designed polythene sheets to make houses and they make their food there. They’ve converted the bridge to their permanent home. Also, from my finding most street children come from outside town majorly Langas estate and they come during the morning hours and leave at around 8 pm to 9 pm. They board pickups and Lorries when they slowdown in pumps and also they get free lifts from busses going towards the route. Herein are some pictures to show where they live and how they travel.

Sosiani bridge where women and their families live                      a sewage tank at a bush in  west indies

Street children boarding a pick up                    a street child waiting for a lift from a Langas route bus

Conclusion

Street children in eldoret have a benefit to the town and also they have a bad thing about them for example;

  • They help conserve the environment by collecting recyclable commodities like plastics and papers and metals hence they help to keep the town clean.
  • They also help to reduce accidents by helping reversing vehicles from a parking spot into the road by signalling oncoming vehicles
  • They also increase car security because they watch over them when owner do their business
  • Through their innovation they help enhance business in eldoret by selling commodities like polythene bags and also by selling metals used in making jikos or boxes for students.

The street children are a  disadvantage because ;

  • They increase insecurity because some engage in stealing or robbing with violence or even cerry out killings since the authoritie do not have their fingerprints. Also because of them mounting vehicles withou the owners knowledge, they may make away with goods that were being carried.
  • They furthermore bring general discomfort for the public since no one would feel safe with street children around the

The county government should do something to reduce the number of street children in eldoret. This is by picking them up from wherever they find them in town. They are important people to the economy in that they are innovative too but they lack opportunities to be better people but few of them have a mind to transition into reputable people.