AfCiC is proud to be partnered with Cycle Africa, a charity led by four brave indiciduals who set off from London in August 2011 to cycle unsupproted to Cape Town, South Africa.Cycle Africa’s mission is to raise awareness and advocate for the rights of street children and help small, grass roots organisations like AfCiC. AfCiC has been identified as one of the beneficiaries of this noble campaign and it has had an amazing effect on us all. They rode into Thika in March and were welcomed by His Worship the Mayor. In his speech Mayor J Wandui emphasised the commitment of the Municipality in working with AfCiC to ensure that all street Children are placed back in school and with their families. Cycle Africa brought a breathe of fresh air andexcitment into the lives of the street children of Thika by bringing together various actors in the sector including the Federation of Kenya Cyclists, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Services, private sector and universities.
On the 6th of March we held a workshop at the Eton Hotel in Thika. The aim of the workshop was to bring stakeholders together and talk about the plight of street children.The workshop was facilitated by George Nthuka, the District Children Officer for Thika. Children from St. Patrick’s and Garissa Road Primary made presentations on child abuse, child rights and the issues children face in their day to day lives. In their presentations Prof. Dr. Moni Wekesa of Mount Kenya University and Prof Zipporah Ng’ang’a of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology highlighted the role of the law in child protection and the extent of the problem of street children respectively. The events surrounding the visit by the Cycle Africa team were also highlighted in the media! On 4th and 5th March 2012 coverage was given to the visit in The Daily Nation and Star newspapers, GBS TV, K24 and NTV television networks and the radio station 92.2 fm. AfCiC Director, John Muiruri and Craig from Cycle Africam also made a forty five minutes presentation on street children on the Kenya Television Network (KTN) breakfast show. Cycle Africa events in Thika were concluded by the flagging off of the team by the Mayor, after a breakfast meeting hosted by the Mayor where the council promised to donate a parcel of Land to AfCiC and review its decision to block AfCiC’s hope of engaging youth with porter business in Thika town. Thank you Cycle Africa and good luck on the rest of your journey with a purpose.