In Summary
  • The organ running the centres in the country, called for interested parties to submit their bids to lease the SOS Children’s Villages in the two towns as from August 2020.
  • The facilities up for leasing are one kindergarten, a primary and a vocational training centre in Nairobi, and a kindergarten, primary and high schools in Eldoret.
  •  The leasing of the SOS facilities, follows concerns over mismanagement and lack of adequate funds to run them.

SOS centres in Nairobi and Eldoret would not be closed after they were put up for leasing from next August, the organisation running them has clarified.

The schools are run by an independent Board of Trustees working closely with SOS CV International East and Southern Africa Regional Office and are usually meant for children from challenged backgrounds. Over a long time, the centres have been home to orphaned and needy learners.

In a notice carried in the dailies on Wednesday, the SOS CV Ke, the organ running the centres in the country, called for interested parties to submit their bids to lease the SOS Children’s Villages (CV) in the two towns as from August 2020.

The facilities up for lease are a kindergarten, a primary school and a vocational training centre in Nairobi. In Eldoret, the centres are a kindergarten, primary and high schools.

REDUCED PROGRAMMES

On Friday, Mr Walter S. Odhiambo, the National Director SOS Children’s Villages Kenya, denied claims of mismanagement in the two centres saying they would not be closed.

In Wednesday’s notice, SOS has said the centres would be operated by another party under close supervision by SOS.

“SOS CV Ke would like to clarify that we are not stopping or closing schools but engaging in End Of SOS Involvement (EOI) which refers to withdrawal of SOS CV from direct service delivery in areas where government and partners are best suited to offer those services hence eliminating duplication and inefficient application of our resources,” said Mr Odhiambo in a statement.

Mr Odhiambo also further clarified that no one would lose their jobs once the leasing of the centres is over.

Guardians and parents with learners at the Eldoret centre had earlier expressed concern about the future of the institution after an earlier notice was issued to the administrators and teachers indicating possible termination of key programmes and jobs.

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