Filtered by: Street Children <Back to previous page A home for the homelessby Ieda Maria Siebra Bochio. Casa Filadélfia (CAF) is a Christian organisation in São Paulo, Brazil, that supports children, adolescents and families living with or affected by HIV. CAF projects are designed to reach out to people who are excluded from society, to help restore their self-esteem and equip them with the skills they need for the future. Abandoned familiesby Gilda Liane da Cruz. ‘An abandoned child comes from an abandoned family.’ This is the concern of the Reconciliation of the Minor programme in São Paulo, Brazil. It began in 1986 as an attempt to respond to the breakdown of social life in our country. We began by providing a meal of thick soup for about 30 children and a few hours care from volunteer workers. We met on a piece of land owned by the Lutheran Evangelical Church in Vila São Jose, a district on the edge of the city of São Paulo. ... Children at riskIt is almost midnight. The streets of downtown Bogotá, Colombia, are deserted except for a number of military policemen. Automatic weapons at the ready, they guard every road junction in this capital city because the president of neighbouring Venezuela is in town. EditorialUnder United Nations definitions anyone under the age of 18 is a child and not regarded as a full citizen. Some children in stable loving families have many years in which to develop and reach maturity. But others may have to begin work and learn independence at just a few years of age. Our societies have always had children whose lives are at risk. But as towns and cities grow, as families face more and more pressures, as job opportunities become fewer and societies become less able to ... Guidelines for working with street childrenby Judith Ennew. There are two basic rules for work with any children: The main barrier to successful programmes is our own attitude. Life on the streetsWorking with street children - Community values In many cities and towns streets are increasingly becoming homes for countless children. The Sunflower CentreScripture Union, Lima. Scripture Union, Peru have recently put up a new office building sited right in the heart of Lima’s commercial district, an area ‘worked’ by street kids. At the back of these offices they have built the Sunflower Centre – a drop-in centre for street children. Ugandas street childrenBy Beatrice Akoth Obbo. Kampala is a city built on seven hills with areas of open space and trees in and around the city. But amidst all the beauty lives the problem of street children. Working to improve hygiene and health in Boliviaby Felina Albornoz, Paulina Rivas and Hermógenes Lizarazu Part of the Mosoj Yan programme in Cochabamba, Bolivia, is a ‘Motivation Centre’ which works with young female street dwellers. These people have acute health needs as they live in unhealthy and unhygienic conditions and suffer from frequent infections and an unbalanced diet.