What is STREETS?
STREETS is a non-profit, non-Governmental, community based, developmental organisation, specialising in addressing both the immediate and long term needs of children and youth living on the streets, their families, and their communities. STREETS is a registered welfare organisation, and a section 21 non-profit making company.
Why was STREETS formed?
The need for STREETS grew out of the experience of a small group of concerned people working in various youth projects, who saw the need to develop an organisation which provided a holistic and long term approach to the problem of children and youth living on the streets. STREETS realised a new and innovative approach. Incorporating community, family and government was needed to deal with the burgeoning population of young people on the streets. STREETS began a voluntary association, and was launched on June 1, 1992.
- To eradicate the phenomena of children and youth living on the streets by seeking long term solutions that reach to respective families and communities.
- Mobilise communities from which the children originate in order to foster active involvement and participation in the development of their children and their community.
STREETS aims to empower children and youth living on the streets by reintegrating them into their respective communities, and making them productive members of society. STREETS seeks to eventually eradicate this phenomenon.
The objectives are:
- Help children take responsibility for their own lives. Develop their self-esteem and self-confidence.
- 'The objectives are' (continued)
To raise awareness about this social dilemma, through Drama and workshops designed to stimulate discussion within
communities, towns and cities.
- To heighten community involvement and participation in the development of HEALTH, EDUCATION, COUNSELLING, VOCATION and TRAINING programmes for families, youth and community groups.
- To run and develop resource centres accessible to children and youth living on the streets, their families and their communities.
- To establish 'drop-in' centres where youth and children from the streets are able to receive food, clothing, medical and legal assistance 24-hours a day; and where daily programmes are run for entertainment, growth, education and overall development.
- Create opportunity for the children to develop a new perception of life.
- Where children are of a school going age, to facilitate their return to school, providing school fees, uniforms and books where necessary.
- To actively engage youth and children in programmes designed to empower them, and unite them with their families and communities.
- Resettle with family, extended family and follow-up contact. Reintegrate into community by linking with community support structures, and counselling services where needed.
- To advocate for the rights of children and youth living on the streets.
- To propose research to expose the root causes of children and youth living on the streets.
- Seek viable alternatives for those who are unable to return home.
- To lobby government in an attempt to change policy in regard to youth.
- To create a working model, of a long term solution to the problem of children and youth living on the streets, to be taken into communities and around the country.
- STREETS hopes to eventually act as an advicory body for all communitoes who wish to start similar projects.
What are STREETS' workshops?
Workshops are special eight week programmes aimed at the children and youth living on the streets. They are orientated around specific projects such as; theatre, art, dance, sewing, leather work, camps, sports and music. They help to build self esteem, self confidence and foster trust and sharing.
They also stimulate creativity and thought. Workshops also incorporate intensive counselling aimed at resettling the children and youth. Reintegration into families and / or communities, if possible, is the desired goal.
How does STREETS see its relationship with government?
STREETS believes that the government of the day must be primarily responsible for the children and youth on the streets.
STREETS sees itself working independently of government agencies, but in co-operation with them.
STREETS aims to place children's rights and children's issues on the national agenda by developing a specific policy to be implemented in the new constitution.
130 Victoria Road|
Fundraising No. 08 800 899 000 0|
Welfare Reg. No. 07 01 00005
Section 21 Co. Reg. No. 93/054/23/08
Banking details: First National Bank|
Acc. No. 5000016691
Clearance Code 202109
Branch No. 013, Acc. Name: STREETS
Activities of the core staff
* Networking with other NGS's and CBO's and government agencies
* providing for daily needs of children
* Facilitate workshops
* Logistics and Administration
* Advocacy and policy work
* Creating a data base of children and youth living on the streets|
* Community mobilisation and development facilitation
* Linking children, youth and their families with available services
* Counselling and Intervention
* Press and Publicity