Street Hope is a project in which Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) will be used to catalyze the intervention of social actors in the challenges faced by street children in Cameroon. The project is geared at narrowing the gap between this vulnerable minority and solution providers by identifying the street children, exposing their challenges and creating a common online platform for communication. This platform will enable the street children on one hand to publish videos...
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
More than 4000 street children live in cities like Yaounde and Douala and to a lesser extent Kumba and Tiko in the southwest province for very much the same reasons as other children across the world. Some are orphans and have no-one to support them, others flee family violence and relationship breakdowns, whilst others are drawn by the prospect of finding work and earning an income. The real danger is that these children suffer all forms of violence and trafficking.
How will this project solve this problem?
Street children are physically identified in partnership with some local NGOs; bio data and other important information on their situation are collected and processed. The identified street children are trained on ICTs to be able to use our platform and also to act as ambassadors among their friends on the streets so as to facilitate the process.Videos/pictures, and narrative stories of the street children are posted on our platform. Humanitarian organizations are alerted for followup...
Potential Long Term Impact
1) The issue of street children is brought to the public, creating awareness and drawing the attention of social actors. 2) 400 street children are trained and are able to use the Internet to express themselves, denounce abuse and violations of their rights 3) Information on street children is processed in a database and made public 4.)The gap between street children, their challenges and humanitarian activists is narrowed
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.