In Mwanza, we are a part of the Integrated Response for Street Children Network. This network ensures that regular information and details are shared between the main actors working with children living or working on the streets in Mwanza which includes Upendo Daima, Adilisha, Amani Girls and Railway Children. We discuss as a network the best and most effective strategies to address the problem of street children and ways in which we can promote this work.
As part of our work as a network, we act as advocates focusing on working very closely with all relevant authorities in relation to decreasing the exploitation that each street involved child and youth faces. This includes working closely with social welfare, to ensure that we follow their systems and receive confirmation from them within our work, working towards building their capacity. Additionally, we work closely with the child protection and justice officers within our local police stations, actively collaborating and working to ensure improved protection of child’s rights. We highlight the importance of further improving our relations between authorities and all stakeholders, in addition to working towards an improvement in their perception and work ethic towards these children/youth and general children’s rights.
Additionally, we work to promote children’s rights directly in disadvantaged communities that we are linked to, through our reintegration and community programmes, as well as our football project.
In the UK, we network with the leading street child network – Consortium for Street Children, and promote the rights of street children on an international level.
African Day of the Child takes place on the 16th of June. The general goal of the day is to draw the attention of all actors who work directly or indirectly to improve the conditions of the lives of children in Africa, and to honour the memory of the hundreds of
The Consortium for Street Children launched the International Day of the Street Child on the 12th April 2011. The day saw many of the CSC members and charities who support street children around the world celebrating the day, raising funds and awareness of street children, all with the ultimate aim of getting the voices of street children heard.