By Jacob Oluoch
Community Health Workers in Makadara Constituency are decrying in the rising number of underage girls working as house helps in estates.
Margaret Odunde a CHV in Makadara says that majority of these teenage house helps end up being mistreated by their employers and finally dumped in the streets.
Odunde says that so far, she has rescued at least 30 teenage girls who have been working as house helps and have been mistreated by their employers.
“There is this one time I was called to rescue a young girl who was working as a housemaid, this girl was below 15 years and unfortunately when her employer discovered that she was pregnant, she kicked her out,” said Odunde.
Odunde says that some times they liase with the chief’s office and an NGO called CREAW to rescue these young girls and place them into rescue centers.
She however says that they are experiencing a lot of challenges in rescuing these girls especially providing for them basic needs
“The challenge is the protocol to be followed. First, we inform the area chief, take the child for medication, then inform the police. This whole process takes about two to three days,” she said.
“From there we call CREAW though when it is weekend you have to stay with the victim till Monday. This is where the challenge rises,” she stated.
She is appealing to the government to build shelters in every sub county to help such girls.
“They government should build a Rescue Shelter in every Sub county and offer some assistance to the affected group because sometimes we have to spend a lot time with these girls providing Counseling and basic needs yet we are not paid,’ she said.