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

  • Introduction of a third colleague; I am called Joel Stephano Mayige.  Professionally being a Psychiatric Nurse, I decided to work with street children under Upendo Daima since Janua...
  • In February I visited the project and could meet all the staff. I participated in the handover of the work from Marga van Barschot to Laurent Sabini and was able to have personal discussions with a...
  • Introduction of a second colleague:    My name is Anna Musweta Malima. I have been working with Upendo Daima as a Matron/Cook for the past 10years. Since I am a widow this job...
  • Isamilo International School visiting Malimbe Family on 18th March 2017 During the visit of Isamilo International School to the Back Home House last year, we invited the s...

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