Rescuing children from a life on the streets

by Kaya Children International
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets
Rescuing children from a life on the streets

Project Report | Nov 5, 2014
Making a Difference, One Child at a Time

By Katie Harris | Associate Director of Development

First Results of Census of the Homeless Population in Bolivia

A census of people who currently live in the streets in Bolivia was recently completed. This census was a joint effort between the Bolivian government and organizations that work with the homeless population. The Bolivian government provided funding and oversight and the organizations went to the streets to fill out the census. This helped assure that the information provided in the census was correct and allowed for the highest number possible to be counted. The official results and compete report will be released next month, but the first results were shared in a meeting last week. Below are some statistics that can help us better understand the population with whom Kaya Children International works:

The population living in the streets is young:

  • 31.6% of those living in the streets are 19 years old or younger.
  • 60.4% of those living in the streets are 29 years old or younger.
  • The median age of those living in the streets is 23 years old; the youngest counted was less than 6 months and the oldest 94 years old.

Children turn to the streets at a very young age:

  • 50% of those currently living in the streets first began living in the streets at 14 years old or younger.
  • 18% of those currently living in the streets first began living in the streets between the ages of 5-9 years old.

There are second generation children living in the streets:

  • 46% of the population living in the streets have children and 26% have children that currently live with them.
  • 28.7% of those living in the streets between the ages of 10-19 years old have children.

Life in the streets is hard:

  • 22% of those living in the streets have no documentation of any kind.
  • 42% at the time of the interview reported some kind of illness.
  • 49.5% don’t seek any medical care when they are sick.

The work that Kaya Children International and other organizations do is important but there is still much to be done:

  • 40.1% reported that they receive some sort of support of which 92.3% said was from institutions such as Kaya.

Because they have no other option, children are arriving to the streets. As we can see from the statistics above, without any intervention, these children are having more children and raising them in the streets. Now, more than ever, it is time to stop this cycle. Each statistic represents individual people and stories. Kaya provides a new start, new opportunity, a new life. Each and every child who has found a home at Kaya is one child that did not have to be counted in this census. Will you join Kaya in rescuing children from the streets and restoring their childhood? Together we can make a difference….one child at a time.

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Kaya Children International

Location: Lincoln, MA - USA
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Kaya Children International
Sarah Kwok
Project Leader:
Sarah Kwok
Development Associate
Lincoln , MA United States

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