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Humanitarian Actors for Street Children

No Child Deserves Life on the Streets; Humaniatarian Actors are Up to Uplift Them

18 Jan 2015

Humanitarian Action for Street Children

1. Introduction

CAV is a non-profit-membership society that brings humanitarian actors, both individuals, cooperates, and other non-profits together to champion for the general good of the society with focus in promoting social justice, human rights, active & participatory citizenship, among others.
We are a connective hub, a Membership Society, a Network of organizations, and a team of Volunteers that promotes, facilitates, and supports collamaggborative partnerships, events, projects, services, and action research that lead to purposeful action for sustainable positive social change. We organize and support local volunteer programs as well as International Exchange Programs for Work, Study, Vacation, Tourism and Business.

2.Project Background

According to UN sources there are  up to 150 million street children in the world today who, for one reason or another, spend most of their lives on the streets. Some live there with their families in temporary or insecure environments, others spend their days begging, hawking or selling to make money and go back to family homes at night, while for some the street is their only home where they spend day and night.

2.1 Why are there street children?

There are many reasons why a child might end up on the streets.

In some countries war and conflict cause children to become separated from their families or left alone following the death of family members. Illness or disability are other common factors, while in some areas the HIV/AIDS pandemic has left many children orphaned or stigmatized. For many children, violence or abuse at home has led them to find sanctuary elsewhere, or they have been driven from their homes by poverty.

No matter what their individual circumstance, street children are extremely vulnerable and are denied many of their basic rights. On the streets, children face stigmatization and discrimination and are at increased risk of exploitation and abuse. Denied access to education, basic health services and social protection, with no chance to go to school or learn skills needed for their futures, they are confined to a life of even deeper poverty and deprivation.

3.0 How CAV is responding

Since 2014, CAV has been organizing outreach programs targeting street families by proving descent meals, clothing, and bedding through the contribution of volunteers and community philanthropists. Over time, the lessons learnt out of the interaction with street families warrant more action to be taken. We have therefore designed a more impact oriented program that will enable the target population live normal lives and be productive members of the society. This is done through a project dubbed “Humanitarian Action for Street Children”.

The goal of this project is to:-

i.Training and Capacity building volunteers and humanitarian actors to be agents of positive change- We believe that the more citizens are conscious and concerned about homeless children, the more action is taken towards reducing the number of street families and remedying the situation;
ii.Identify, feed, and offer Psycho-social support to the target population
iii.Capture and tell stories of the affected population, getting to understand their background, their lives, and their aspirations. We project their voices to the public through the available media.
iv.Counseling and rehabilitation project by referrals
v.Trace and re-unit them with their families as well as recommending them to facilities for assistance
vi.Provide and or facilitate hands-on skills training and or taking them back to school

The objective of the project is to save lives, alleviate suffering and restore dignity of street children by integrating them into the main society, as well as to prevent and strengthen preparedness of the society to handle such occurrences.

The project and the organization is guided by the humanitarian principles of humanity, meaning the centrality of saving lives and alleviating suffering wherever it is found; impartiality, meaning the implementation of actions solely on the basis of needs, without discrimination between or within the affected population; neutrality, meaning humanitarian action must not favour any side where such actions are carried out; and Independence; meaning the autonomy of humanitarian objectives that are free from political, economic, military, or that any other objective that any other actor may hold with regard to areas where humanitarian action is being implemented.

By championing for “Humanitarian Action for Street Children”, we mean that our advocacy program appeals to the public to respond to the needs of street children whenever it is spotted. These include small actions like, showing kindness and remorse to provision of foods, water and sanitation, shelter, health services and other items of assistance, undertaken for the benefit of affected street kid and to facilitate the return to normal lives and livelihoods. We mean that every responsible adult must not stay silent on the site you mistreatment or sufferance of a street child.

The four principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, and independence are the foundations CAV’s approach of humanitarian action. Guided by these principles, humanitarian actors’ work to ensure that assistance and protection go to those most in need. As well as forming the basis of their work, the principles enable humanitarians to gain and maintain acceptance from communities and parties to conflicts, helping ensure the safety of staff.

18 Jan 2015