Street Children

Family and social reintegration of children in street situations

R.D. Congo Kikwit, Democratic Republic of  Congo

Areas of action Quality Education and Reduced Inequalities Education Inequalities

Care: 36 children in street situation,

Project amount; $39,200

Implementation period; 2022

Local support: ASBL Kundikanda Bana Ya

What will we do?

Strengthen the educational and professional care received by street children who are cared for by the Kundikanda ASBL Center, an organization in Kinshasa that welcomes and works for the family and social reintegration of this population.

The project serves children and young people between 8 and 18 years of age and seeks to offer comprehensive and personalized attention to ensure their long-term family and social reintegration. From Kinshasa, the project develops educational activities, training in areas such as computers, workshops in shoemaking, agriculture, music, theater, sports and DIY, among others.

At the same time, InteRed has developed actions to accompany and promote initiatives that:

  • Encourage and promote the approach to the actions developed by Kinshasa from a human rights-based approach.
  • Develop a multidisciplinary approach to provide comprehensive responses to the situation of street children.
  • Work with families to ensure the sustainability of family reunifications.
  • Awareness-raising activities to address the cultural factors that are at the root of the problem.
  • Strengthen training in the rights of children and young people in the center.
  • Strengthen the work in collaboration with other entities for political advocacy.

What is the cause?

Lack of economic resources, family disintegration, war, physical and sexual abuse or child exploitation are some of the reasons why children, as one of the most vulnerable groups, are exposed to living on the streets, especially in developing countries.

Who are the street children?

Street children, in many cases, are victims of a series of situations that lead them to live on the streets of cities, exposed to abuse, neglect or exploitation, lack of family care and protection and lack of access to education, to enjoy a dignified and equitable life and to grow up in equal conditions and rights.