Whereas Kenya constitution 2010 spells out measures on child protection, millions of children in Kenya and around the worldwide – from all socio-economic backgrounds, across all ages, religions and cultures – experience one form or the other of abuse every day. Children are still exposed to violence, harmful practices, lack of parental care and sexual exploitation among others. The risks are more aggravated during emergencies such as floods and drought, domestic violence among others.
Child Protection and Development Centres (CPDCs)
MCF operates residential and non-residential Child Protection and Development Centers (CPDCs) that offers care and protection to vulnerable children and youth. The first MCF residential centre for street children was set up in Eldoret in 1989. The other residential CPDCs are MCF Ndalani and MCF Yatta. The non-residential CPDCs are MCF Vipingo, MCF Kipsongo, MCF Lodwar, Dr Charles Mulli Secondary School and MCF Mwanza (Tanzania).
The CPDC receive rescued children, rehabilitate them and reintegrate them into society. The rescued children undergo a series of care and rehabilitation services for behaviour transformation. MCF integrates the provision of education, health care, spiritual nourishment, among others into holistic transformation and empowerment programmes to its beneficiaries.
MCF Ndalani and MCF Yatta CPDC’s provide pivotal units for holistic Child Rescue, Rehabilitation Reintegration and Prevention units. Children accessing care and protection are provided with shelter, food and nutrition, parental love, psychosocial support, spiritual guidance, career mentorship and education among other critical services good for growth and development. They are the incubation units for talent identification, nurturing and development.
The satellite protection and development centres namely; MCF Vipingo, MCF Kipsongo, Dr Charles Mulli Sec School, MCF Lodwar and MCF Mwanza (TZ) are crucial in serving children in communities. They provide crucial services to children in need of care and protection whose lack has exposed them to untold risks.
MCF is working with the Government of Kenya, county governments, community organizations and groups to increase child protection in Kenya and beyond.
MCF operates the following CPDCs:
- MCF Ndalani Child Protection and Development Centre
- MCF Yatta Child Protection and Development Centre
- MCF Vipingo Child Protection and Development Centre
- MCF Kipsongo Child Protection and Development Centre
- MCF Lodwar Child Protection and Development Centre