Project information

YOUTH CENTRE IN GUATEMALA CITY

We work with street-living children and young people and also with children and young people at high social risk.

We would like to open a centre where we can bring small groups of children and young people and offer a variety of activities that will help support them in their daily lives.

January 2016 - December 2020

Charity information: Street Kids Direct

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  • Need

    Need

    In Guatemala there are approximately 250 children and young people who live rough on the streets and many more who live at high social risk and whose connection to the street is very high.

    Most of the children and young people with whom we work suffer daily abuses on the streets, which result in negative life outcomes and an early death.

    Solution

    The centre will give us the opportunity to offer a place of refuge each day, a place of belonging and a place where the children and young people can benefit from professional staff who will offer counselling, therapy and training.

    Being close to the areas of risk, the centre will become a safe haven for those children most at risk.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide a place of retreat and safety for children and young people at high risk.

    Activities

    » Having a team of staff and volunteers who will be available throughout the week to offer support and a place of belonging.

    Monitoring the numbers of children and young people who attend the centre. Monitoring the responses from the young people and children as to how safe they feel at the centre.


    Aim 2

    Run workshops and educational activities that will create an environment for children to learn.

    Activities

    » Provide a daily programme of varied activities that will be very focussed on the particular interests of children and young people, e.g. music.

    Recording the number of training sessions offered and how the children responded to them, monitoring education outcomes and targets.


    Aim 3

    Provide a base for the street team who work daily on the streets of the capital.

    Activities

    » Provide an office that from which the team can operate and also a safe place to meet, chat with and counsel young people, children and their family

    Ensuring the street team have a safe place they can use for an office and for meeting children and young people.


  • Impact

    Impact

    1. A decrease in the number of children and young people living on the streets.

    2. A decrease in the street connectivity of the high-risk children.

    3. More children and young people in formal education.

    4. An increase in awareness in the populations served of their rights and how to remain safe and engage with services to help them enjoy their full potential.

    Risk

    1. Violence against staff and volunteers. This has been dealt with by adhering to our child protection policy and carrying out risk assessments.
    2. Lack of volunteers. We have began a recruitment campaign which includes a full training and development programme for every volunteer.

    Reporting

    1. Via social media.
    2. Via our website.
    3. Regular newsletters.
    4. Fundraising events and presentations.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £45,000 Remodelling the warshouse Physical reconstruction and decoration of the space
      £5,000 Training Resources Interactive training materials and visuals
      £10,000 Salaries Two full-time salaries

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    GEOFF HOUSTON £15,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Guatemala City, Guatemala, Central America

    Beneficiaries

    Street-living children and youth. Children and young people living at high social risk. Children and young people involved in gangs.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have 23 years experience in working with street children in Guatemala and are very well known and respected in Guatemala.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Duncan Dyason

    The Director. Duncan will oversee the project and work with the staff to deliver on our outcomes and targets.

    Dina Maldonado

    Social Worker. Dina will work with the children, young people and their families on a more in-depth way to support them and recommend actions to help

    Walter Estrada

    Street Worker. Walter will work in partnership with volunteers to help provide services to those on the streets and inform them of the centre.

PMs message in December about our work

Let´s support the incredible work of Street Kids Direct

Rt Hon David Cameron MP