Sunshine is abundant in rural Kenya. Traditional electrical wires that connect to a power grid are not. That lack of electricity makes life difficult for the people who live beyond the African nation’s bustling cities, including hundreds of thousands of kids who might not have access to schools—let alone the well-lit, technologically equipped classrooms that children in the developed world often take as a given.
So Aleutia, a U.K.–based tech company, is rolling out its “Solar Classroom in a Box” in 47 locations across the country. The pilot project provides prefabricated, tech-enabled school buildings. Flat-packed like an Ikea dresser, the structures are easy to ship and assemble, and they are powered with energy from the sun.
Kenya’s need for such schools is real. More than 1 million children are out of school, according to UNESCO, and three-fourths of Kenyans live in rural areas. Aleutia hopes its plug-and-play pilot program will help give 20,000 Kenyan children access to basic education.
The government has banned the adoption of Kenyan children by foreigners.
The decision was arrived at during a Cabinet meeting chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi on Thursday.
The licences of those involved in inter-country adoptions were revoked with immediate effect.
“The decision has been informed by Kenya’s ranking by the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2014 that cited Kenya as a source, transit and destination country in human trafficking,” said a Cabinet memo sent to newsrooms.
The country is also ranked at Tier 2 Watchlist for non-compliance with minimum standards for elimination of trafficking, based on the 2014 US State Department report on trafficking in persons.
“Currently, Kenyan laws do not define child sale, child procuring, child trade and child laundering as part of trafficking,” said the memo.
The Cabinet said this had in effect put Kenyan children at high risk.
“This has created a loophole for fraudulent vested interests, masquerading through ownership of children’s homes, adoption agencies and legal firms representing children, and adopters, to engage in the unscrupulous business of human trafficking under the guise of charity,” the Cabinet said.
A report released in August by Cradle, a child rights organisation, indicates that children as young as two were victims of trafficking for illegal adoption.
However, according to the organisation, prosecution of culprits has remained elusive since investigations were not being conducted by the relevant state agencies.
A 19-year-old missionary from Oklahoma was recently charged in a US court for sexually abusing children in an orphanage in Nairobi.
Meanwhile, the government is considering allocating additional funds to the Uwezo Fund in the next financial year to accommodate the huge number of youths and women interested in the assistance the fund provides.
not sure if youve seen the story, but a 19 year old white kid from oklahoma is getting charged with molesting 4-10 kenyan children while on a "mission trip." talk about the extremes of the white savior complex
oh, i forgot the “best” part of that story. the kid is claiming that the owner of the orphanage, a kenyan woman who also resides in oklahoma, did voodoo on him to make him molest the kids
That’s absolutely disgusting. His excuse was “voodoo”.
White people are so flagrant. Those children deserve justice. He is a pedophile, a child molester. I have no pity/ empathy towards him.