The children spend most of their day working alongside their family members in public spaces, to attend their basic needs on a day-to-day level. The public space is a noisy and unsafe environment for children to grow up in. Their physical and mental health, well-being and dignity are put at risk, as it is not unusual for them to face mistreat, discrimination, violence or abuse. Education is not a priority, and this prevents them from improving their situation and fight their way out of poverty.
Our educators bring the classroom to the streets, where the children are working. We teach literacy, numeracy, life skills and children's rights. We help them to develop values and to strength their self-esteem. The most important value we impart is hope, to inspire them to dream of futures where they can be a chef, a doctor, or whatever they want to. To us, it is just as vital that they have a great time and view our educators as people they can trust as they build better lives for themselves.
Once the children develop basic psychological, emotional and cognitive skills, they will have the opportunity to enrol in a normal school. This way they will manage to escape risks and dangers such as drugs, violence and abuse. Instead, they'll be able to plan for a better life than their parents had and as a result, they can break the cycle of poverty and ensure that their own future children won't have to work on the streets to survive.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).