Project information

Protecting and caring for street children in Kenya

Our work ensures that street children in Kisumu, Kenya, have access to a safe place, food, counselling and education. Children shouldn’t have to grow up in extreme poverty, facing the dangers of child labour, trafficking and violence. Together we can give street children the childhood they deserve.

April 2017 - December 2018

Charity information: Chance for Childhood

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  • Need

    Need

    48% of the people in Kisumu live below the poverty line. The third largest town in Kenya is home to a growing number of street children, estimated to at least 1,000.
    Life on the streets is dirty, violent and short. Street children are the target of human trafficking and abuse, such as rape and labour exploitation. Without an education, street children also have very little prospects for a better future.
    The average life expectancy of a youth who has been living on the streets of Kisumu is 28.

    Solution

    Chance for Childhood is working with its local partner, KUAP, to give street children the childhood they deserve. We focus on short and long-term solutions. We provide street children with food, a safe place to stay and basic healthcare. We also work to reunite them with their families and give them access to an education.
    We believe that the only way to break the vicious cycle of life on the street is an approach tailored to each child, tackling the root cause and creating lasting change.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Protect street children from the immediate danger of the streets and meet their basic needs.

    Activities

    » Identifying and meeting children on the streets. It takes time to gain their trust so it is key to have a constant presence, day or night.
    » Providing a safe place for them to stay, along with food and basic healthcare.

    225 street children will be hosted a safe environment with access to food, clothing and basic healthcare.


    Aim 2

    Provide counselling to help children deal with trauma of street life and adjust to life in society.

    Activities

    » Uncovering the causes of the street child’s trauma.
    » Counselling them to build their self-esteem and enable them to feel like a normal child again. This also helps reintegration into family life.

    80% of former street children will report positive thoughts about their future.


    Aim 3

    Provide a long-term solution by reuniting street children with their families whenever possible.

    Activities

    » Finding and reaching out to the families of street children.
    » Working with the child and their family to resolve relationship issues, e.g. remarriage can lead to children from a first marriage being thrown out.
    » Helping parents and guardians understand the needs of their child, to lead to better relationships and a stable future for the child.
    » Provide positive parenting sessions to help families support their child and to reduce violence in the household.

    150 families will receive positive parenting training and report better understanding of their child’s basic needs.


    Aim 4

    Deliver a non-formal education programme to give the children better prospects for the future

    Activities

    » Providing ‘catch up’ on basic reading and writing skills to bring the children to the level of their peers in mainstream schools.
    » Helping the children get used to a structured environment and routine, as their lives on the streets would have been very unsettled.
    » Liaising with mainstream schools to enrol the children when they are ready.
    » Following up with families to ensure that the children, once living at home, can continue their full-time education.

    90% of former street children will enrol into mainstream school.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Children will be aware of the long-term impact of living on the streets and families will be better equipped to resolve any family disagreements which may result in their child fleeing the family home. This will be achieved and measured through follow-up visits by our family counsellors after 3, 6 and 12 months.
    Children will also achieve a better education with prolonged attendance, demonstrated by gaining attendance records and following up with teachers and parents.

    Risk

    Street children have lived tough, chaotic lives without routine and self-discipline. So, there is always the risk that the child may ‘rebel’ and end up going back on the streets, or drop out of school. This is why our counsellors work with them and their families and the follow-ups are so important in preventing this happening. The non-formal education programme is also key in getting children to interact with others and learn basic social skills like earning and showing trust and respect.

    Reporting

    We will provide regular updates to our donors through email newsletters, on our website and social media channels. In Kenya, we will use a monitoring approach that puts beneficiaries at the centre to measure and report back on the impact of our project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,011

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,509 Street outreach Street outreach worker going out to identify children day and night
      £6,255 Food & shelter Feeding and caring for children
      £6,591 Education Providing a teacher and uniforms
      £3,656 Counselling Providing a child counsellor

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Comic Relief £6,806 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Kisumu is the largest city in western Kenya (population of around 450,000) and the 3rd largest in the country. 48% of the people in Kisumu live on below the poverty line (compared to 29% nationally). It has the highest incidence of food poverty, with 53.4% of the population below the food poverty line (compared to 8.4% in Nairobi).
    60% of the population live in slums, with high densities, in only temporary or semi-permanent structures, and with a shortage of electricity, water and sanitation.

    Beneficiaries

    The primary beneficiaries of our project will be the 225 street children receiving care and support.
    Their families and guardians will also benefit from our Big Idea project.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Chance for Childhood has 25 years’ experience working with extremely vulnerable, hard-to-reach children. We work with local partners to ensure sustainable and context-appropriate activities. Our partner KUAP has been supporting street children for 30 years with a team of dedicated, skilled staff who understand the barriers facing street children to reintegrate into society. We have been working with KUAP since 2011 so both organisations are delivering efficient, impactful work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Philip

    Philip, a former street child himself, has worked with street children for 30 years and his experience shows in his effortless handling of difficult

    Christine

    Christine ensures the seamless case management of each street child who needs basic care and attention.

    Mark

    Mark ensures each child receives the support they need to catch up on their education.

    Connie

    Connie provides project management support, including technical advice and budget oversight.