Children who live on the streets in Goma.
Helping streetchildren to leave the streetlife behind, in order to (re)take a valuable place of dignity in society.
Our hands on approach consists of two projects:
– A food program: four times a week about fifty children gather to receive a nutritious meal amongst others.
– A rehabilitation home for streetchildren was launched on the 11th of January 2021. This is the home of twelve former streetchildren.
Through the food program we build relationships with streetchildren and we provide their most basic needs the best we can, while they still live on the streets. We give them a place where they can think about their lives. Besides a meal they receive basic medical care.
They also receive psychological counseling and education which is supervised by a psychologist. In this way we create a refuge for them in the midst of their difficult circumstances. Through this program some children have been reunified with their families, we are so happy about that! From this project children can transit into the Rehabilitation House when possible.
We run this project with our partner organization: Un Jour Nouveau a.k.a. Africa New Day
We are passionate about helping at risk children. Through various problems in Eastern-Congo children end up living on the streets. Think of fleeing from conflicts caused by various armed groups (rebelgroups). A broken or dysfunctional family is also often a reason for children to start living on the streets. When a man leaves his family the mother ends up taking care of the children by herself. After some time she may find another man who is unwilling to also provide or take care of her children. Situations of physical and emotional abuse, which force children to start living on the street. They hope for a better existence there
It’s difficult to truly estimate but there are more than a thousand streetchildren in Goma alone.