STREET CHILDREN

Under 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 cope with the consequences, so more and more children take to life on the streets. Few countries today do not share this growing problem. In South America the problem is enormous. 

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  • Abandoned families

    by 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. ...

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  • Children at risk

    It 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.

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  • Co-operative society

    Your issue No 26 on credit and loans was of great interest to me, especially the HEED credit and loan scheme. In May 1992 a small group sat down and thought out ways to obtain loans from commercial banks when they had no securities. They decided to form a cooperative society and seek registration from the Government.

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  • Editorial

    Under 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 ...

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  • Letters

    Treatment for epilepsy. Footsteps contains much useful and practical advice for development. It helps us in setting up income-generating activities. We want to translate Footsteps into our local languages – Ewe, Kabye and Adja. The aim of our group MECO is to promote self-development in health and agriculture and at the same time proclaim the gospel. We would like to hear from similar groups to share ideas. We also ask for advice from Footsteps readers on more efficient treatments for ...

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  • Monthly cycles?

    I appreciated the stress given in Footsteps 27 on population issues to recognising people’s freedom of choice and the need to discern God’s plan for humanity.

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  • Moringa oil

    by Geoff Folkard and John Sutherland. A previous article (in Footsteps 20) described the many uses and products of the multi-purpose tree – Moringa oleifera. That article described the use of crushed seed to clean drinking water. This article looks at methods of extracting edible oil from moringa seed.

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  • Resources

    Street and Working Children by Judith Ennew. Development Manual 4  from Save the Children Fund.

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  • The Sunflower Centre

    Scripture 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.

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  • Uganda’s street children

    By 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.

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  • Urban or rooftop gardening

    by Martin Price. Gardening is possible in small spaces as long as water (including waste water) is available. Grow vegetables that will add flavour and nutrients to the family diet. Herbs, onions, tomatoes, peppers and dark green leafy vegetables such as spinaches are ideal.

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  • Wheat bread

    ‘Footsteps 21 showed us how to build a wood stove, but not how to make bread.’ A RECENT READER’S COMMENT

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