With the goal of eradicating extreme poverty for all people everywhere and ending
hunger, it all begins with ending child poverty; and according all children including
street children equal opportunities in quality education, sanitation, economic
opportunities and good health.
Every child on the street, either working or living there, has a reason for being on the streets; be it that they are casualties of domestic violence, poverty, war, mental and physical abuse or are lured by the sheer excitement of freedom. These street
children are victims of neglect, social stigmatization, cynicism and discrimination from the public. Their rights are continually violated. Action for Children in Conflict carries out street work in Thika, Ruiru, Githurai and Kenol where children living and working in the streets are rescued, rehabilitated and re-integrated back into the society. The organization runs a Working Children Centre in Majengo where children who are currently living and working in the streets frequent for basic services such as hygiene, medical care, meals, life skills and basic numeracy and literacy. The center acts as the first point of contact with the street children where most of the work of identifying those ready for rehabilitation occurs.
From the Working Children Centre, children willing to reform are enrolled in the
Temporary Rescue Centre for former street children providing intensive formal and
non-formal education where a four-tier programme is carried out which includes:
Our street social workers do daily street walks to identify and interact with street children. This phase enables Afcic to identify and mobilize children who may benefit from its programs and where possible children are re-united with their parents, relatives or guardians.
This involves creating awareness on the issues of street children, building community capacities to sustainably address these issues, lobbying and advocating for policy change.
Afcic offers temporal care for the street children where we carry out intensive non- formal education, in a nurturing, protective and structured environment. The street children are provided with training in different vocational courses that equips them with the skills and tools to develop their economic independence. Additionally, our social workers and counselors work with the children to address the more complex issues that caused them to run to the streets. The children are then helped to revert to their normal lives facilitating a smooth transition back to their homes, school and community.
Once the above stages are complete, the children are integrated into the communities. We thus work with the families, conduct parental training, conduct home visits and offer livelihood supports.
The reformed street children also engage in positive activities such as environment
conservation, where through collection of waste materials, they sort them out.
Plastics and bottles are sold to companies for recycling whereas biodegradable
materials and food products are used to make compost manure that is used in the
Temporary Rescue Centre or sold to willing buyers.
Thus, our holistic approach, combining both curative and preventative measures,
and targeting not simply the street child in isolation but the entire family, has
proved a cost-effective, sustainable and very successful model in reuniting children
with their families and the community, and enabling them to succeed in mainstream
schools, performing well against their peers.
Tel: +254 714 038 285/+254 722 753 137 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Kenyadirector@actionchildren.or.ke
Action for Children in Conflict,Section 9, off Mgoko Road,P.O.Box, 6439-01000,Thika, Kenya.