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Upbringing and education of at-risk youth and street children in Wau in South Sudan

The project was implemented between 1 June and 31 December 2013 in Wau (province of Western Bahr el Ghazal) in South Sudan, and counted with participation of one volunteer who stayed there from 16 August to 25 December 2013. The coordinator of the project was the Salesian Missionary Voluntary Service - Youth For The World,  and the local partner was the Don Bosco VocationalTrainingCentre.

The principal aim of the project was reducing the phenomenon of street children through education and care for this socially excluded group. Beneficiaries of the project were children living on the streets of Wau, as well as social workers who work with them every day.

Activities included everyday psychological support, basic health care and informal education (compensatory and general development classes, such as English, maths, art and sport activities).

As part of the project, the volunteer carried out a series of trainings for 6 social workers (40h) from the Don Bosco Vocational Training Centre. They aimed at providing new skills and motivation for the participants.

The volunteer spent 150h working on the streets, and made contact with 30 homeless children. She conducted 112h compensatory classes (English and maths) attended by a total of 120 people. She organised 50h of art and music classes (120 participants in total), 50h of sport activities (120 participants in total), and 20h of classes about hygiene and healthy habits (a total of 120 participants). Thanks to diversity of activities, the centre expanded its offer towards the children, so they could spend time in safe environment, developing skills and interests during the development activities.