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Two girls in Pakistan. (Source: Jens Großmann)

School centres for street children

Pakistan: Extreme poverty, broken families and physical or sexual abuse are all factors that force many children and young people on to the streets. There is no social security system in place. Particularly in Pakistan’s large cities, the number of children living or working in the streets is increasing dramatically. According to government sources, more than 1.5 million girls and boys live on the country’s streets, a figure that civil society organisations believe to be as high as 2.5 million. Please support our work with a donation or sponsor a project.

Life on the streets

On the streets, children are more at risk than at home: they are persecuted by the police, exploited by their “employers” and disdained by society. In order to survive, these girls and boys are forced to collect rubbish, beg, prostitute themselves, deal drugs or steal. Street children are particularly at risk of being sexually abused and exploited. And the longer the children live on the streets, the more difficult it is to reintegrate them into society. We want to change this. Please support our project with a donation or become a project sponsor.

Strong partner, aiming high

Street boy in Pakistan offers goods to sell. (Source: Jens Großmannn)
The life on the streets is hard.

Together with our partner SPARC (Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child), we have set up projects for street children in Peschawar, Hyderabad and Rawalpindi. SPARC is a renowned Pakistani children’s rights organisation that belongs to an extensive network of non-government organisations. Here, street children are protected from abuse and exploitation. They are given psychological support and a place to rest, recuperate and simply be a child. This also includes regular balanced meals and facilities for washing and bathing.

SPARC also finally gives the children perspectives for the future, allowing them to take part in lessons and making every effort to reunite them with their families. This involves a network consisting of 44 “children’s rights committees”. Even after being reunited with their families, the children are still monitored by SPARC. Project staff members make regular visits to the children at home to verify that their situation has actually improved.

An active role for children

Children are trained as change agents, i.e. they take on a “pilot function” for other street children and interact closely with project social workers. They contact employees at bus stations, where many street children can be found, and ask them to help and protect the younger children. The change agents are educated on children’s rights, child protection and the participation of children.

Increasing public awareness

It is essential to raise public awareness on the problems of street children in order to bring about a lasting change in attitudes. This can be done through information campaigns and by providing training for representatives of police and social authorities, through nationwide media campaigns and lobby work. A strategy is developed for networking the project with public authorities and other non-profit organisations in order to ensure its long-term existence. Heightening public awareness of the problem of street children is another factor that will help to increase the longevity of the project.

Project No. 25801

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Our objective: Realising children's rights

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