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

  • September 2016 On  September 3rd we had a nice graduation party for boys, leaving the primary school. It was done at Malimbe Family centre because the school had no budget for the party ...
  • September 2016, Karimu Msingi and Cassian Migeni are friends since they met each other at Malimbe Family. They were found by our UPENDO DAIMA street team in Mwanza City around 2012 and after ...
  • June 2016 To get a better understanding of the work of our staff I wanted to join a home visit. As the holidays have started I could join Mama Lucy who was bringing one of our boys, lets call...
  • May 2016 Juma Mohammed, 16 years old, is coming from a family with 5 family members. Juma was living with his mother at Tagota village in Tarime District about 150 kilometers North East ...

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