On 12th April 2011 the Consortium for Street Children launched the first ever International Day for Street Children, which aims to put pressure on governments around the world so the rights of the estimated 100 million street children worldwide are realised. The International Day for Street Children was celebrated by CSC members around the world, with a special focus in Tanzania.
Working with NGO (and CSC member) Caretakers of the Environment Tanzania (COET), 381 children raised their voices (Louder Together) to the Mayor of Mwanza, Police and Mwanza Regional Government about their concerns and how they are treated while living on the streets. About 800 kids are still living on the streets of Mwanza city. There was also a lot of media coverage including interviews with CEOT Director Mutani Yangwe discussing why the International Day plays such a crucial role in raising awareness and coverage by STAR TV - looking at the issues facing street children in Mwanza City. There was a special emphasis placed on the struggles of street girls, who face rape and prostitution to survive.
NGO and member Mkombozi held events in Arusha and Moshi and invited government officials and the public. They also had coverage in local newspapers to raise awareness, playing a vital part in being Louder Together. Many thanks to both organisations! And a HUGE thanks to everyone supporting us.
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