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Impoverment of equal education chances of street children in Zambia through streetworking and rehabilitation

The project is implemented in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. It is also the biggest city of Zambia, where the cultural and scientific life of the country is focused. Due to significant migration and slums districts covering a large portion of the city, the phenomenon of children living on the streets is also the most visible there. Despite progressing development of industry and increasingly stable economy, Zambia still has a high poverty ratio. 64% of Zambians live below the poverty line.

Education and street working in the direct environment, in which children living on the streets function and with the children and teenagers that used to live on the streets, create an opportunity to rehabilitate that group and to re-establish them as members of the society.

The project Levelling the educational chances of children in Zambia thanks to streetworking and rehabilitation measures – continuance continues the project implemented in 2013.

Impoverment of equal education chances of street children in Zambia through streetworking and rehabilitation

The project will be implemented between 18 June and 31 December. Volunteers conduct project tasks in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, between 1 October and 31 December 2014. The project involves an educational initiative.

The sending organisation is the Usłyszeć Afrykę Foundation, and the host organisation – St. Lawrence Home of Hope in Lusaka.

The main objective of this project is to improve the quality of life of the children living on the streets, to level their educational chances and to improve the rehabilitation system in order to re-establish children living on the street as well-functioning members of the society. The measures implemented within the project will help that group of beneficiaries to come back to their lives in the society, to develop their skills and interests, to improve their knowledge of English as well as the competences of teachers working in that community.

Project events involve workshops elements that will develop the skills and talents of the pupils of the said centres, streetworking elements, whose objective will be to rehabilitate and to restore the changes of re-establishing them in the community, e.g. via education, improving the health and hygiene levels of children living on the streets; educational elements that will provide the teachers in that centre with the knowledge and skills necessary to work more effectively for the children living on the streets.

Direct beneficiaries of the project are: pupils of the Home of Hope centre as well as children and teenagers living on the streets of Lusaka.

Impoverment of equal education chances of street children in Zambia through streetworking and rehabilitation

Volunteers carried out complex classes with children living on the streets and in Home of Hope institution in Lusaka. At the end of project implementation, they observed in approximately 70 children living on the streets, an improvement of functioning in peer, family and school relations.

The main place of volunteering actions was Home of Hope, where volunteers organized classes. Volunteers carried out 112 h of English classes for 49 people, as well as reeducating, art, musical and sport classes, in which inhabitants of the institution participated. During the workshops, participants could also gain social abilities, for example dealing with everyday life, and take part in therapeutic workshops or cognitive training. Volunteers organized also individual consultations about health prophylaxis and sexual education, from which 27 institute inhabitants benefited.

Volunteers spent 80 h working on the streets of Lusaka and carrying out crisis interventions for approximately 70 children living there. Volunteers also trained 5 Home of Hope workers within the scope of work methodology and raising children and youth who live on the streets.

Within the framework of educational initiative carried out in the project, a short-length educational film about life of children of the street was created, which, together with the script of classes, was distributed in 200 primary schools in Poland.