Upendo Daima - Project for Street Children Tanzania

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The street children of Mwanza

The children end up on the streets because their parents have abandoned them or their parents are deceased, but also because of poor conditions at home. Sometimes their families have sent them to the streets to earn money.

The street is their home and they consider the other street children sometimes as their family. The children live in groups and seek their livelihood from small jobs or through stealing. Fighting and begging for food is very common. The trading of drugs is daily practice.

They sleep on the street without any protection and are often chased away by the police. Many street children are facing physical violence and sexual abuse. The risk to be infected with HIV and other STD's is great. There is no money to consult a doctor or buy medications. Their self-esteem is often completely gone.

Because of these miserable circumstances several of the street children sniff glue or paint thinners. Momentarily the pain is gone and cold or hunger is not noticed. However, this affects their brains and worsens their situation.

 

Latest news

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  • May 2015 Recently the big job of renovating the BHH compound had started. Many things were going on.First the drainage system was renewed, this involved a lot of digging and a few cubic metre...
  • April 2015 The works to repair the flood damage in the BHH and to prevent it in the future have recently been finished. In the court yard drains are constructed to flush away the excess water...
  • On November 22, we said goodbye to Monique Pietermaat, our secretary of the board. Monique worked seven years for the street children of Mwanza. In those years it has become an impressive and profe...

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