The project "Boresha Maisha: alternatives of life for street children and underage refugees in Nairobi" aims at improving the life conditions of vulnerable children in Starehe sub-county, Nairobi. In particular it aims at enhancing the mechanisms of health and social protection in areas such as Mlango Kubwa and Eastleigh.
The main goal of this project is to improve the psycho-physical wellbeing and the social inclusion of vulnerable children as well as make the institutional and community welfare system in Starehe sub-county accessible and adequate for vulnerable children.
Description of Activities:
The organisations are conducting a mapping of families, street children and refugee children in the area in order to identify vulnerable households to be included in the community health strategy and they are taking charge of the children through a first psychosocial listening and health screening as well as by elaborating and implementing an individual psycho-social project for each child and family.
Families' empowerment is another topic of concern of this project. GRT is working with families in order to reduce the risks that bring children on the street through targeted trainings on parenting skills and business development and it is conducting an identification of foster families and refugee children who need their support.
As well as this GRT and its partners are establishing and training 1 Community Health Unit (USC) and related Community Health Committee (CSC) together with the training of 120 health workers and members of the CSC on the needs of street children and response techniques.
Sports activities and peer-to-peer one are implemented as well, in order to promote rehabilitation, inclusion and education and some Youth Friendly Corner will be created in order to promote the pyscho-social wellbeing of children.
The beneficiaries of this project are street children and refugee children as well as vulnerable families and socio-health workers that deal with street children issues.
As of the month of August 2017, 5 months after the starting date of the project, GRT has registered more than 100 children, provided individual psycho-social support to more than 60 and reintegrated almost 20. As well as this, GRT has provided almost 200 children with individual counselling and has conducted more than 100 group sessions.
Moreover, 50 parents/guardians have been provided with individual counselling and about 10 children have been supported in primary school and vocational training.