Child Protection and Empowerment of Adolescents

1.Drop-in-centres for homeless children (male & female)
2.Help line
3.Life skill based Education

CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES

Keeping in view the problems being faced by homeless children and adolescents a target of 300 affected children (150 boys & 150 girls) was determined. The following services are provided at these centers:

- A total number of 243 children were registered at SALBWS who are also provided with counseling. OF these, 23 children were referred for free legal aid. A total number of 14 children were referred for free advanced medical care.

HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED

a) A thorough social mapping of the urban space has been done, which now is providing protective and social services to the vulnerable street children.
b) A number of meetings have been arranged with the community of that area and considerable level of trust was gained by involving the community and the notables.

c) A Drop In Centre called "Hyderabad / Mirpurkhas / Sukkur / Larakana” was established to provide social services to the street children.

d) After having a number of meetings with the workshop owners, they were convinced to cater for a specific number of children at their workshops / restaurants.

CAMPAIGN INNOVATIONS

- 100 children took advantage of the bathing and washing facility available at the centre. - 11 meetings were conducted with the parents (mother and father / guardians) of affected children having trouble at their homes or runway children who are being reunified.
- 9 children have been taken back to their homes.
- A total of 5 children have been reintegrated by either enrolling them at schools or putting them in work in the workshops/ restaurants.
- 243 children were provided with health & hygiene education.
- 63 street living children were involved in healthy eating behavior by involving them in preparing their own food at the centre.
- 3 children chronically taking drugs were referred to the detoxification centre.

CAMPAIGN IMPACT

In addition, 21 children with minor cuts and bruises were provided with first aid available at the centre.

CHALLENGES FACED

- Social mobilization by female social mobilizer has also been in progress.
- Children of TM Khan Drop in Centre are also actively participating in theatre workshops on the topic of child sexual abuse in the district TM Khan.
- The total target for SALBWS was 750 (Boys & Girls) including Victims of Violence, Abuse, Exploitation, Trafficking, Runaway and HIV/AIDS for the year 2012.

LESSONS LEARNT

Hyderabad , Larkana, Sukkur, and Mirpurkhas Province of Sindh
Keeping in view the problems being faced by these children and adolescents a target of 1500 affected children (750 boys & 750 girls) are provided with the services described at these centers.

COUNTRY

Pakistan

CITY

Karachi

WEBSITE

http://www.salbwspk.org