In May 2012, the Consortium for Street Children will work alongside several of its charity network members as well as other NGOs outside of the network to share learning and look at working together for street children. There will be two workshops - one in Delhi and one in Kolkata - discussing the challenges facing NGOs, working in line with the government's Integrated Child Protection System and meeting the holistic needs of street children through a collaborative approach. This will help to bring more sustainable support to street children, as organisations can refer children to the organisation best able to meet their needs. There will be a small grant made to a local NGO in Kolkata to help run the workshop; CSC will fund the Delhi workshop itself.
In November two members of the CSC team visited Delhi and Kolkata to meet a number of Indian NGOs. The Consortium for Street Children comprises independent NGO's across the globe - all of whom work with street children. During this trip we were able to experience first hand the incredible work our partners undertake on the ground and understand more about their funding gaps and the level of support they need in order to make their projects sustainable. This recent trip will enable us to make informed and knowledgeable choices about the type of projects who will receive grants, once we have raised enough money.
We are beginning the first phase of a grant scheme focussed on India. India has extremely high numbers of street children and CSC supports a number of grassroots projects based there. Once the funding target has been achieved we will invite network members in India to apply for grants to support the work they do on the ground. This funding helps ensure their projects are sustainable. We will award grants to those organisations that we know will make a real difference to the lives of street children.
A final tranch of funding was allocated to three street child projects in the Ukraine to help fund staff working with the children and young people. The funding enabled one project to hand out 42 meals a night to street children and start contact with 491 new children of which 30 were under ten years old. It supported another to work with orphanages to build stronger relationships and higher levels of care with the children to prevent them running away onto the streets. It supported a third project to run a summer camp programme for street children. The additional staff also enabled the projects to become more sustainable by exploring potential new donors and supporters.
In December 2010 grants will be allocated to Brazil, the Ukraine and India to help street children access education and shelter. For example, in Brazil the funding will support children like Pedro to access education by employing a literacy and numeracy teacher for the residential home he attends. The home also provides accommodation for another 50 children.
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