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Project information

The Mombasa Street Child Network

StreetInvest is partnering with Glad's House of Kenya to lead a network of local organisations reaching all 3,000 street children in Mombasa and linked to StreetInvest's partners in Africa, India, Central America and UK . The network will promote the children's safety, sense of belonging and rights

July 2017 - June 2018

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  • Need


    Our lead partner Glad's House estimates that there are 3,000 street-connected children in Mombasa. Our partners in East/Southern Africa work among at least 350,000 more. These children are the most marginalised and excluded, suffering multiple traumas and violations in an environment where violence, abuse, criminality, alcohol and drug abuse are rife. They suffer discriminatory government policies, community stigma and inappropriate and uncoordinated responses.


    The project will build the network of local & regional partners which is united in a child-centred, rights based approach. They will develop, share and scale Glad's House best practice supported by training from local trainers. They will also unite to influence government policy and reduce discrimination within their communities. StreetInvest will support this network with data and research, training, advocacy, capacity building and M&E as part of our existing global network on 4 continents.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increased safety for street children


    » A network of street workers working consistently among the street-connected children and with the communities in which they live
    » Training of Local Trainers and training of all stakeholders including social workers, police and community members
    » Supporting children in conflict with the law including in-prison outreach and advocacy for legal change

    What success will look like

    Increased no of street workers, children reached, services delivered, referrals made. No of trainers trained, trainings delivered, positive changes in knowledge, skills, practice

    Aim 2

    Increased sense of belonging


    » Community activities including street football & boxing programmes
    » Street corner education (with the support of Mobile School)
    » Papasa: Open drop in centre for young people to share views, grow skills and learn about their rights in a safe space

    What success will look like

    Increased number of children participating in community activities and street corner education. Case studies describing positive change.

    Aim 3

    Street-connected children access their rights


    » Advocacy for policy and practice change at local regional and national level linked to StreetInvest's international advocacy at the United Nations
    » Street child and community focus groups and meetings
    » Basic needs provision of food, shelter and healthcare through street based initiatives such as mobile health unit

    What success will look like

    Positive policy changes for street children.
    Evaluation of focus groups with street children and community meetings demonstrating increased access to rights including basic needs.

  • Impact


    The network will ensure at least one trustworthy adult in the life of each of the 3000 street children in Mombasa, who will bring about the three outcomes of increased safety, increased of belonging and increased access to rights through creating individual response plans for each child. All the network members will use StreetInvest's common M&E framework combining quantitative & qualitative data collection through the monthly monitoring tool showing increased reach and effectiveness.


    Collaboration in this sector is always difficult, largely because of a lack of resources among small local partner. Resources will remain limited which could also influence the outcome of this project. External factors, including government policy, impact the lives of street children and threaten the ability of NGOs to provide appropriate responses. The whole concept of this project is that a network is better equipped to challenge and overcome these kinds of risks.


    StreetInvest and our partners tailor monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports to our donors as appropriate. We also provide continuous updates through our email newsletters and social media channels. We are increasing the use of alternative media such as blogs, podcasts and film.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Street Workers Street workers & project manager
      £5,000 Mombasa head count Comprehensive count of street connected children (including training)
      £3,000 Training Street workers, community members including police
      £2,000 Regional network Regional network support & meeting
  • Background


    Networks of local NGOs in:
    - Mombasa (central city and outskirts)
    - East/Southern Africa: Kenya (Mombasa, Nairobi, Kisumu), Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Burundi &Tanzania

    Linked to StreetInvest's global network in Asia, Central America, West Africa & UK


    An estimated 3,000 street connected children in Mombasa
    Many more of the 350,000 children in the region
    The network of 10+ local NGOs in Mombasa and those in Nairobi in Kisumu
    The network of NGOs in the 6 other countries of the region
    The 100's of workers from the network members who will be trained
    Approximately 12 Local Trainers who will be developed
    The members of StreetInvest's network of 30 partners in 14 countries on 4 continents working among untold millions of street connected children

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Based on over two decades of experience, StreetInvest has developed a scalable, global response for the world's most excluded children through a network of l partners around the world committed to supporting their positive growth and development and reducing the stigma and discrimination they suffer.
    This is exactly the same model as we apply to our 4 other regions around the world. Our Theory of changes based offers consistent research, training advocacy, capacity and M&E support worldwide

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Fred Bokey Achola

    Director of Glad's House Mombasa & StreetInvest Global Trainer

    Liz Mnengwa

    Director of Glad's House & i/c M&E

    Kate Bretherton

    Co-CEO of StreetInvest & overall project responsibility

    Jacob Brunner

    Partnership Development Manager & project manager