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

  • 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...
  • On 19 November Ite van Aardenne and André van Strijp gave a presentation for all the volunteers of De Boekenlegger. All staff obtained a good insight in the activities of Upendo Daima in Mwa...
  • The project of poultry keeping started on 20th November 2014.The Center manager Mr. Tarsisius Hoja brought seven hens from the Little Sisters of Jesus. Five are females and two are males. The proje...

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