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

  • 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 ...
  • May 2016 By planning our international internship as German medical students in Tanzania, we did not expect that we would get the chance to make so many interesting and unforgettable experien...
  • April 2016 Our street team found Jon in the streets of Mwanza City and brought him to the Back Home House on 10th February 2011 when he was 11 years old. The family situation was bad because ...

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