Survival of the youngest

Street children in Mombassa
Street children in Mombassa, Kenya (©Flickr/Konstantinos Dafalias)

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 (which means “brother” in Swahili) Society, initially helping a few hundred boys. It has become the biggest and best-known organisation for street children in Kenya.

Producer: Eric Beauchemin

Broadcast: December 6, 1996