"Home Street Home"Around the world there are millions of children who consider the streets their home: the place where they spend the majority of their time, forge an identity for themselves and often sleep. Whether they are a runaway from Derby or a street child in Delhi or Tanzania, the reasons that children end up on the streets are similar. They include poverty, family breakdown and neglect. This International Day for Street Children, we are joining with a coalition of organisations to call on governments around the world to support street children. You can make this happen by signing the offical petition asking the United Nations to adopt the International Day for Street Children.
Violence and abuse forcing children onto the streets in TanzaniaTo get away from a life on the streets and into education is the simple-sounding but utterly life-transforming aim of the children we support. In Tanzania, we are working in partnership with local organisation Mkombozi. There are an estimated 437,500 street children in Tanzania. Many live on the street because of violence and abuse they suffered at home. A recent UNICEF-backed report found that 75% of Tanzanian youth stated they had experienced physical violence and 25% stated they had experienced emotional abuse during their childhoods. But, once on the streets many more face daily abuse from the police, sex tourists and even each other.
Taking a holistic approach to reduce the number of children on the streetsWe are working in partnership with local organisation Mkombozi to help make the streets safer for children and to provide counselling, a home and opportunities to go back to school. A key part of the approach is to encourage ambition. The project provides livelihood support and financial backing to start small business for older children.
By taking a holistic approach, the vast number of children living and working on the streets in the world could be significantly reduced. Mkombozi is:
- Developing a focus to prevent violence and abuse at home to stop children resorting to a life on the streets in the first place.
- Reaching out to children already on the streets and providing them with the rehabilitation, education and security they so desperately need.
- Giving street children a voice and listening to them when creating policies to reduce violence against them.
Mkombozi plans to join International Day for Street Children!To mark the day, Mkombozi have organised several events to reflect on what it means to live on the street. A highlight of the day's events will be an opportunity to hear from children who have lived on the street. They will talk about their experiences and expressing their life through performing art too. Everyone involved will be able to join in with some fete-style fun with sack races, three legged races, and many other games.
ChildHope will be joining with our local partners worldwide to demand a day for all international street children! Join us, sign the petition today. Living on the streets alone, in fear and without the security of a loving family is daily reality for so many children. With your support at ChildHope we will keep on working to get children of the streets and in to education - we believe that every child deserves a life free from injustice and abuse.