This project plans to equip a home in Calabar, Nigeria to accommodate 50 street children where they can have access to education, vocational skills training, feeding, healthcare and life skills training.
Currently, Calabar the capital city of Cross River State has more than 1000 children living on the street due to poverty and child-witch stigmatization. With the state ranking second with HIV prevalence rate of 7.6% in Nigeria, these children are exposed to the risk of HIV infection, teenage girls are giving birth to children growing in the streets, they are involved in drugs and are already carrying guns and being used to perpetrate crimes. This project will affect 100 street children.
The project provides feeding, clothing, vocational skills, education, medical care and shelter for the children. Street children who have parents will be re-united with their families and empowered to start up a business while those who do not have parents will be cared for at the home with adequate exit plans for when they will outgrow the home such that they can grow up to live independently as useful citizens.
The project will provide a safe place where children can grow, organize quarterly stakeholders forum for 100 community members to promote attitudinal change o child witch stigmatization and the perception of people about street children. It will provide starter packs for those from very poor households who have completed vocational skills and/or are reunited with their families to enable them generate income for themselves. A total of 1000 community members will benefit from it