Baby those born to single mothers, or who have lost their parents due to AIDS or other serious unfortunate diseases, face discrimination. They are most likely to be rejected by the society and face a hopeless future of poverty, homelessness and abuse. Girls may be forced into bonded labour or child prostitution. Even if they survive, they lose out education, suffer from malnutrition and are vulnerable to serious disease and an early death.
Life is hard for orphans in Kenya. Most people live below the poverty level of less than ₤1 a day and 40% of adults can’t get work and remain unemployed. It’s not surprising that extended families find it difficult to care for orphan relatives. The terrible result is that 100,000 children have been abandoned and left to fend for themselves, which is really pathetic.
At present, 1.2 million children in Kenya have lost one or both parents for various reason. Orphans are often taken in by extended family members, but those families already afflicted by poverty may struggle to cope, both financially and emotionally, and find themselves unable to care for these already-traumatised children.
Generally when a household collapses, the orphan often enter the street culture, with its violence, exploitation, crime, drugs, hunger and disease. Economic struggles can make such orphan targets for sex work and abuse, which perpetuate poverty and HIV transmission. It is an open secret that HIV / AIDS is the major element in the abandonment of orphan and the disintegration of the family structure or safety.