Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Emil - Kyrgyzstan


Emil spent most of his childhood living on the streets – his father died when he was very young and his mother is an alcoholic who has no interest in her son.

Through the Commission on Minor’s Affairs, Emil was brought to the Jal Centre in Bishkek, which offers temporary care and housing for street children.

The Family Support Workers in the Centre all participated in a two-year training programme by EveryChild.

At first Emil was very confused, he wanted to go school and often talked about his grandmother who he believed had moved to Russia.

When Rapiya, a Family Support Worker, met Emil, she felt it was important to try and get in touch with his grandmother.

To everyone’s surprise, it transpired that his grandmother actually still lived in Bishkek and she had no idea where Emil was.

Rapiya worked hard to rebuild the relationship between Emil and his grandmother.

At first short visits were organised and then Emil moved on to spending the night at his grandmother’s house.

They also met with the psychologist regularly to help them work through any problems.

Now Emil lives with his grandmother permanently and the family, with continued support from the Jal Centre, is coping well.


Street childrenIn Osh Oblast.

EveryChild has been asked to support local authorities and NGOs to develop local initiatives that tackle the increasing numbers of children living and working on the streets.

Following a detailed piece of research and assessment involving street children themselves, EveryChild is working with local partners on a UK Government funded project (DFID) that will provide outreach support to children on the streets, provide community-based services to strengthen vulnerable families and train key workers, including law enforcement officers, in child-friendly approaches to working with children.

Currently Outreach and Protection teams are working directly with street children in Osh and Karasu cities in the recently opened Drop-in Centres.

The members of the teams include the social workers, inspectors of minors, department of education specialists.

Rehabilitation and Prevention teams are working in Osh Rehabilitation and Adaptation center for minors and in Boarding house “Boorukerdik” for children from marginalised families and street children.



Saturday, November 19, 2005

childfirst.org.uk - Zambian street children


The main aim of this project is to establish an agriculturally based self-financing development initiative, based in the Mkushi District of Zambia, that will give older street children the chance of a bright future by providing them with trades and skills that will more or less guarantee them employment.

Training these youngsters in the type of skills needed in Zambia will not only help to meet some of the country's skill shortages but will also help society look more positively at street children.
The project will be community-based so that both the children and as many people in the surrounding area as possible will benefit and the children will re-learn what it means to be part of a community.