Street children

Children are found living on the streets for many reasons, including difficult social situations at home, unemployment, alcoholism, violence and abuse. A definition of street children must look at the different groups of children who live on, and/or live off the street, for whom the street plays a central role. For example:

• Children who live on the street who don’t have parents
• Children who work on the street during the day but sleep at home during the night
• Children who live on the street together with their family
• Children who move between their home, the street and institutions
• Children who live on the street periodically
• Children who are traveling (between cities and countries)

Childhood supports projects that work with all these groups of children. The goal is to re-integrate the children into society, which is a process that can take time. As a first step, medical and social help are offered directly on the street or at a drop-in center. Drug abuse treatment is often necessary. Most of the street children have not attended school regularly, and sometimes not at all, and thus, they need help to catch up. Finding a home for a child who has been living on the street can work in a few different ways; some children have a home to go to, others need to be placed in a foster family; or, some are old enough so that the best alternative is to find an independent living situation.

Our goal is that no child should have to live, eat or work on the street. An important strategy to prevent that a child ends up on the street is to support at-risk families. Hence, Childhood’s target groups often overlap; the work with families at risk is often a step in preventing abuse and exploitation of children but also a way to prevent a child from ending up on the street or in an institution.

 

Cambodia

A Better Future for Street Children and Families

Organization: M'lop Tapangmlop tapang
Project:  A Better Future for Street Children and Families
Location: Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Target group: Street children, Families at risk, , Children in alternative care

M'lop Tapangs direct services reach 3 000 street children and their families annually. It includes outreach work with local poor families and children, reintegration to families, into education and job placement and support for drug using youth.

Read more: http://www.mloptapang.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

Early Childhood Development

Organization: Mith Samlanhmithsamlanh
Project: Early Childhood Development
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Target group: Families at risk, Street children, , Children in alternative care

Mith Samlanh provides a continuum of care for street children and their families. It includes outreach, run drop in centres and transitional homes, non-formal and vocational training and reintegration into the formal school system, culture programs, drug prevention etc. Mith Samlanhs daily outreach activities reach 1800 street children every year.

Read morehttp://www.mithsamlanh.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

Family Reintegration and Family Support

Organization: Friends International, Kalyan Mith programkaliyan mith
Project: Family Reintegration and Family Support
Location: Siem Rep, Cambodia
Target group: Families at risk, Street children, , Children in alternative care 

Kalyan Mith provides support to marginalized children and young people, with a particular focus on street children/youth, by offering a range of comprehensive services including a transitional home, family reintegration and development of family based alternative care.

Read more: http://www.friends-international.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

Vulnerable and Trafficked Children

Organization: Komar Rikreaykomar 300
Project: Vulnerable and Trafficked Children
Location: Battambang, Cambodia
Target group: , Street children, Children victims of abuse, Children in alternative care

Komar Rikreay is operating a short shelter for children who are victims of trafficking. The goal is to reintegrate the children into their family or into a family setting, and to support the family to guarantee the sustainability of the efforts.

Read more: http://komarrikreay.canalblog.com/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

Nepal

Protecting Nepali Street Children

Organization: Voice of Childrenvoice of children
Project: Protecting Nepali street Children
Location: Kathmandu valley, Nepal
Target group: Street children, Children victims of abuse, Families at risk

Founded in 2000, Voice of Children (VOC) works to rescue, protect, rehabilitate and reintegrate street children in Nepal. VOC also works with marginalized families and have piloted a foster care program. From 2013, Childhood supports VOC’s street children program with particular focus on improving activities at the drop-in center and reintegration of children into family-based care. The project will also support vulnerable families and communities to strengthen their ability to provide holistic care and protection to keep children away from the streets.

Read more: http://www.voiceofchildren.org.np/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

 

 

Vocational training for street youth

Organization: Welcome To My Yard
Project: Vocational training for street youth
Location: Katmandu, Nepal
Target group: Street children

The overall goal of Welcome to my yard is to increase educational and business knowledge and skills for vulnerable street young people in the Pashupatinath street community in order to help them achieve their potential by strengthening their resilience and reducing risk factors of street life. The Childhood-funded project allows the organization to conduct outreach work, workshops, trainings and a savings scheme which encourages the children to learn financial planning and budgeting. The project also includes work placements within the Welcome To My Yard’s social businesses such as guided tours, a coffee cart, and recycling.

Read more: http://www.welcometomyyard.com/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

South Africa

Boy's Best program

Organization: James HouseJames House
Project: Boy's Best
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Target Group: Children victims of abuse, street children, children in alternative care, families at risk

The Boy's Best program provides multi-systemic support to teenage boys facing a combination of destructive behavior at home and at school, domestic violence and who are engaged in risk behavior such as criminality, school suspension and drug abuse.

Read more: http://www.jameshouse.org.za/

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

 

ProSeed

Organization: Mamelani Projectsmamelani

Project: ProSeed
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Target group: Street children, Children in alternative care

Project ProSeed  is a youth development program that provides support to former street youth, preparing them for leaving care. The program focuses on building a positive identity, a sense of connectedness to others and resilience through experiential learning, life skills, counseling, education and support in finding employment.

Read more: http://www.mamelani.org.za/

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

Sweden

Barnrättsbyrån, Child Rights Bureau

Organization: Barnrättsbyrånbarnrättsbyrån 2
Project: Barnrättsbyrån, Child Rights Bureau
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Target group: , Children in alternative care, Street children

Barnrättsbyrån is a low-threshold service open for all children, regardless of their complex of problems that feel that their rights have been violated. The project is a resource with legal and psychosocial expertise that complements existing services and help children and young people to navigate in the system and access the help they need.

Read more: www.barnrattsbyran.se

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg@childhood.org

Maskrosbarn Summer Camp

Organization: Maskrosbarnmaskrosbarn5
Project: Maskrosbarn Summer Camp
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Target group: , Children in alternative, Street children

Maskrosbarn organizes summer camps for children to parents with alcohol and/or mental problems. The camps give the youth an opportunity to spend part of their summer holiday without feeling responsible for their parents and share their experiences with other young people in a similar situation. The project results in strengthened resilience and reduced sense of loneliness among the participating youth.

Read more: www.maskrosbarn.org

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg@childhood.org

Thailand

Ukraine

Roma Early Child Development

Organization: Blaho
Project: Roma Early Child Development
Location: Uzhgorod, Ukraine
Target group: Street children

The project allows children from Roma settlements to attend free pre-school activities. The project staff help the children be prepared for school. The pre-school facilities are located across the road from the school the children will later attend. The goal is for Roma children to be integrated and have the same opportunities to obtain an education as other children. The organisation also holds meetings and trainings with parents and school staff in order to further increase the children’s odds at improved academic results and school attendance.

Contact person at Childhood:
Susanne Drakborg
susanne.drakborg@childhood.org

USA

S.I.S.T.E.R.S

Organization: YouthLink sisters
Project: S.I.S.T.E.R.S.
Location: Minnesota, USA
Target group: Street children

YouthLink is one of the largest nonprofit youth service providers in the Twin Cities, specializing in the multiple needs of homeless and precariously housed youth (14-21), including street outreach, emergency crisis assistance, basic needs support, housing placement services, and education/career/life transition planning.

Childhood supports the S.I.S.T.E.R.S. program.

Read more: www.youthlinkmn.org/

Contact person at Childhood:

Joanna Rubinstein
joanna.rubinstein@childhood-usa.org