Boresha Maisha

 

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. 

 

Goals: 

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:

GRT, together with its partners CCM-Comitato Collaborazione Medica, Heshima Kenya, US ACLI Torino and Starehe Sub-County Children Office is implementing this project through different 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. 

 

 

Targets

 

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. 

Results

 

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. 

 

 

Funds

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Child Protection

 

The street represents the only educational path for many children and at the same time it represents a broad and fascinating place even though often scary and terrible.  

This is the reality of the street children in Nepal, Romania, Nicaragua, Somalia but also of some big European cities with their non accompanied minors. 

In these contexts GRT's objective is to defend children's rights and wishes in the first place and then propose a rehabilitation. 

Kenya

 

One of the problems Kenya has been facing for years concerns street children: children who live in unimaginable conditions, who often have ran away from their families and relatives after being beaten or after a family breakdown and find themselves living in the street with other children, having to deal with constant hunger and begging to survive. 

Since 2012 GRT has decided to work with these street children, try to empower them and give them a better future as well as promoting their rehabilitation and social inclusion.

Slum Drummers and Boresha Maisha, the two main projects carried out with children in Nairobi, have both worked in this direction and achieved remarkable results.