The Programme was founded in 1997 and was designed to address the increasing number of destitute children within Laikipia and Nyandarua Counties. Currently, the programme is implementing the Inua toto project that focuses on child protection and safeguarding. This is achieved through empowerment of right holders to claim their rights.
The programme has three rescue and rehabilitation centres where that offer temporal shelter, safe custody and counselling services for boys and girls rescued from various abusive situations. In line with the Saint Martin’s motto and values, the programme believes that the best place for a child to be is in a family set up and therefore enhancing social integration of children takes up an important place in the programme's objectives.
Julius was only 10 years old when he was first arrested for colluding with his mother in a theft. His mother, a single parent of five children, had many antisocial behaviours and often neglected her children. She sometimes engaged them in crimes such as theft in order to get money and food for the family. When Julius was taken to court along with his mother, jointly accused of theft, his mother was jailed for one year and Julius was committed to St. Martin CSA for care and rehabilitation.
After his mother’s jail term, Julius was reintegrated with the family and enrolled in a nearby school. However, he dropped out soon afterwards because his mother did not support his schooling. The programme tried to enforce parental responsibility through government action but it did not work.
Finally, the programme chose to involve the community and therefore called all the neighbours to the home of Julius for a meeting to discuss the issue. The community took up the issue seriously and committed themselves to journey with the family.
A teacher volunteered to be the contact person for Julius to ensure he remains in school, the neighbours agreed to mobilize resources to provide school levies and uniform for Julius, a pupil in the school promised to be passing by Julius’ home every morning to help him get ready and leave for school on time.
Now Julius has found new hope in life. He attends school on a daily basis and he is happy. The people who support him are happy to see their little sacrifices bearing fruit.