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

  • February 2014 Contribution from Maartje Calis. This year my mother and I organised for the fourth year in a row a benefit concert for Upendo Daima in our house!  “Terwijde fo...
  • On behalf of the Street Children of Upendo Daima we wish all our website visitors a healthy and happy New Year. The children do say ASANTE SANA (thank you), for your support last year, helping...
  • Marga and Hoja visited the Netherlands in November and December. It was not only for a holiday after a very busy and energy consuming year to see family and friends but also to visit quite a number...
  • October 2013 Last year our street workers found Muzamilu, a very young boy strolling on the street and trying to survive with begging and stealing. We brought him to the Back Home House and o...

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