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St. Paul’s University (2020)

Church response to household factors causing increase in street children a case of Africa Inland church Machakos Town, Kenya

Ndolo, Anthony Sila

Titre : Church response to household factors causing increase in street children a case of Africa Inland church Machakos Town, Kenya

Auteur : Ndolo, Anthony Sila

Université de soutenance : St. Paul’s University

Grade : Masters of Development Studies 2020

Résumé
The phenomenon of the street-connected children has become a great concern to different churches, from different denominations with different beliefs. The alarming and escalating increase of street-connected children has sent a powerful signal for the concerned churches to intervene in this phenomenon of the street-connected children. The main objective of this study was to determine the response of the Africa Inland Church (AIC) to the household factors causing an increase in street-connected children in Machakos town, Kenya. This study was guided by the following specific objectives : To evaluate the AIC church’s response to the household factors that cause an increase in street-connected children in Machakos town, Kenya ; to determine the approaches that the AIC church is engaged in in response to the increase in street-connected children in Machakos town, Kenya and to assess the challenges that the AIC church faces in response to an increase in street-connected children in Machakos town, Kenya. This study took descriptive survey research design. The pilot study was done in Tala town, Machakos County to test the validity and reliability of the study tools before the actual research. From the total target population of the study, only 30% were included in the actual study. Stratified random sampling was used to select the respondents from their respective strata where the sample size was derived randomly in which every third element was picked at random. The target population was 380 respondents which included 190 street-connected children in the streets of Machakos town, 40 AIC Church pastors and 150 from the rehabilitation centre within Machakos town. There were 16 key informants who included 12 Machakos town residents’, 1 director of the institution dealing with the street-connected children, 1 from Children Department National Government and another 1 from the Civil Youth Empowerment Machakos County and 1 leader from the Nongovernmental organisation that deals with street-connected children in Machakos town, Kenya. Thus, the population of interest were children within the streets of Machakos town, the AIC Church pastors and children in the rehabilitation centre. This study used structured questionnaires with both open ended and closed ended questions as well as interview guides and observation. Analysis was both qualitative and quantitative. Quantitatively, the responses were coded into the SPSS program and analyzed. The conclusion of the study was that the AIC Church was doing very little in the response to the household factors causing an increase in street-connected children in Machakos town. It highlights the importance of the AIC Church addressing some of the key issues affecting the cause of poverty, illiteracy, domestic violence and HIV/AIDS that contribute to the increase in street children. Some of the recommended approaches, to the AIC Church and other stakeholders is to provide family related economic assistance, collaborating with relevant stakeholders, training, teaching and counselling through seminars, workshops and conferences with the aim of ensuring children stay at home.

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