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Background

CRK is a non-profit, charitable organisation based in Kenya. The scope is national, focused in the Rift Valley District and occasionally includes interventions as far afield as Tanzania and Uganda.

Our office and centre of operations is in Kitale town, part of the northern highlands of the Great Rift Valley. Kitale is the administration capital for Trans-Nzoia County and for much of the north-west Rift Valley. Bordered to the north by the arid and desert communities of West Pokot and Turkana, to the west by Uganda and to the south and east by Bungoma and Uasin Gishu respectively.

Founded on the accumulated experience of over 20 years of working with vulnerable children and youth. CRK combines acquired knowledge, best practice, sharing and networking with other organisations. CRK has developed strategies that protect children and help keep families together.

In 1988 the first organisation was established as a division of an international NGO; The International Childcare Trust (ICT), later becoming a local NGO of the same name. In 2003 ICT-Kenya gave birth to Njia Panda Ya Tumain (NPYT) which took ICT-K's then rather antiquated approach to Child Welfare and developed an integrated strategy; moving away from Children's Homes and focusing more on child reunification and promoting family stability.

Child Rescue Kenya is the offspring of NPYT; born as the organisation developed and moved away from it's traditional role of 'charity' to development facilitator. Embracing development principals and promoting sustainable solutions called for a shift in and a new launch. Child Rescue Kenya is by name more memorable (and pronounceable) and better describes what the organisation does.

While aspiring to Christian values CRK, as the only multi-faith organisation working with vulnerable children in the region, is not evangelical and does not tamper with a child's religious integrity. This avoids possible confusion and trauma which could arise when reuniting children with their families and communities. Children of all faiths are welcomed and are actively encouraged to practice their religious faith during their time with us.

CRK is registered with Dept of Social Services and our children's projects are registered with the Ministry of Gender and Children Affairs.

Overview

The family is the key element in protecting children and in enabling them to mature with their culture and integrity intact. Strategies are developed focusing on maintaining and developing this structure.

A combination of drought, poverty and sporadic political and ethnic violence, forces families from their homes and communities, many seeking refuge in Kitale and it's expanding shanty towns. They are by all means and purposes IDPs. Having arrived they find few opportunities for work and little hope for the future. A recent censor of Trans-Nzoia found that 51% of the population live in abject poverty. The number of street children in the town is somewhere between 500 and 2,000 at any one time. Far from the international development hub of Nairobi, any visitor is struck, not only by the number of children roaming the streets, but how young they are, and the prevalence of openly 'sniffing' solvent based glues to get high.

CRK is very aware that not all children have a family support network and need longer term intervention. Every case has its own merits and challenges. Staff have to be resourceful and imaginative in designing interventions to suit each child.

We have the only Rescue Centre within the region and handle all referrals by police, courts and other governmental, non governmental agencies and individuals throughout the counties. The numbers are quite staggering!

Organisation Links

Ethos
Organisational Structure
Networking

Organisation Publications  Right-Click to save

Annual Report 2016 (pdf)
CRK Audit 2016 (pdf)
Annual Report 2015 (pdf)
CRK Audit 2015 (pdf)
Independent Big Lottery Fund Report 2015 (pdf)
Annual Report 2014 (pdf)
Child Protection Policy (pdf).
Strategic Plan 2012 - 2016 (pdf)).
Sponsor Visit Guidelines (child protection) (pdf).

Case Stories  
Youth/Trainee, female (pdf).
Youth/Trainee, male (pdf).

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