Advocating for street children’s rights and wellbeing

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  • Kayitesi |
  • Niyonkuru ikuzwe |
  • Leandre |
  • Gabriel |
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Close to 39 percent of Rwandans live in poverty, according to the World Bank. Rwanda is a rural, agrarian country with about 35 percent of the population engaged in subsistence agriculture with some minerals and agro-processing. Many of the country’s orphaned children are the tragic result of a violent civil war. Half of all children drop out of primary school and 2.2 million people, 22 percent of the population, face critical food shortages. This causes children to leave home and go on the street.

The goal of this project is to raise awareness about the serious health of street children today to enhance their health, welfare, and quality of life, as well as provide them with a brighter future.

Furthermore, we have a connected goal to share life experiences on what it's like to be on the streets, battling for survival, and to exhibit compassion linked to brotherhood.;

  • To develop a social interaction method that combines people in the family and street children in a shared-open action.
  • As the rusts of this project, to explore and construct a realistic continuous implementation of the many components of the Social interaction approach.
  • It is feasible to utilize participatory approaches and consult them in the design of the most successful activities that can boost young people's learning for those who have spent a long time on the streets.
  • Make a difference in the lives of street children. Research-based understanding
  • Defend the rights and needs of street children.

Throughout the series of actions, we aim to perform in this project we expect; To shift the approach to street children from legalistic to preventive, protective, acknowledgment, and rehabilitative interventions, hence focusing on:

  • Root causes and not only on symptoms
  • Mainstreaming as well as specific institutions/organizations and actions for street children
  • The rights of street children as citizens and not as charity cases or delinquents 
  • Street children not only as victims but also as citizens with the right to participate in decisions that target them. 
  • Share the experience, food, and clothes with the street children.

The impact is the following:

  • Access to education that enables them to fulfill their potential
  • Protection from violence, abuse, or neglect
  • express their opinions and be listened to
  • Involve more youth in the meaningful actions serving the most vulnerable population, be a source of learning 
  • Enrich the community and maximize opportunities for the human-centered growth 
  • Facilitate street children to see a doctor when they are ill
  • Access livable Life, survival, and development

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