Rwanda Legacy of Hope has offered shelter and other necessities to over thirty street children to stop them for dwelling for help on the streets of Kigali
APPROACHES AND STRATEGIES OF WORKING WITH RUNAWAY CHILDREN
Children have a right to a safe and happy home. Home restoration is the best intervention for runaway children.
Protection and Rehabilitation is an entitlement of children. “Runaway children have special vulnerabilities”.
Our core activities will involve- Reaching a child as soon as possible before an abuser can, and before they become entrenched in street life. We race to get to children before the streets get to them. We meet the immediate needs of children on the streets right now.
We will work to return children home when possible, and support children and their families to resolve their issues and make their reunions successful.
Street children are casualties of economic growth, war, poverty, loss of traditional values, domestic violence, physical and mental abuse. Every street child has a reason for being on the streets. While some children are lured by promise of excitement and freedom, the majority are pushed onto the streets by desperation and a realization that they have nowhere else to go.
The families knew that the children need help and the carers are taking the responsibility much like the Rwanda Legacy of Hope calls them on to support the development of a responsible future Rwandans. After a week their life was changed.
The neglect of orphans and other vulnerable children by family members and relatives is responsible for the increasing number of street children in Rwanda in general. In the report of NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR CHILDREN (NCC) MARCH 2012 it is estimated that around 1,087children was living in the streets in 2012. This increasing number is leading to several problems for the community: for example, crimes like pick pocketing, house breaking and petty thefts, drug abuse, prostitution and general insecurity. This is causing fear and insecurity among town residents, who now see those children as a threat to their security.