Survival of the youngest

Street children in Mombassa
Street children in Mombassa © Flickr

In 1973, a Dutch priest began seeing more and more children on the streets of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Most of them were working as parking boys, and Father Arnold Grol wanted to help get them off the street. The priest created the Undugu Society to help Nairobi’s street children. From only a few hundred in the early ‘70s, their numbers grew to over 100,000 by the late 1990s. Undugu, which means “brother” in Swahili, has become the biggest and best known group helping Kenya’s street children.

Original broadcast: December 6, 1996