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On 12th April 2012 we and other street children actors within Dagoretti to join the rest of the world to mark International Day Street of Children at The District Commissioner Ground.  We held peaceful procession within Kawangware to inform the community about the plight and rights of the street children. The Administration Police who for the last years have been like worst enemies with the street boys worked hand in hand with us, from leading and protecting  through the procession to serving during the open event held at the District Commissioner Ground.

Thanks to the support and coordination of Maisha Poa Centre, Fida International, KITO International, Mainstream Sports Academy, Undugu Society, EARYN, KARDS, X-Change Perceptive, Mary Faith Children Centre, The Administration Police, City Council of Nairobi, Different Media Houses, former and current street youth/children who all participated.

Below are the days activities in pictures.

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More stories from the event:

Street Children: Does not Hurt to care. By Consolation in East Africa

Restoring Hope in Kawangware: X-Change perspective

It’s few hours before we will be joining the rest of the world to mark International Day of Street Children. The Day is celebrated every year on 12th April. It provides a platform for millions of children around the world – and their champions – to speak out so that their rights cannot be ignored.

Luckily, the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation Channel 1 TV have joined hands with us to enable the voices of the children be heard louder together. Today they visited us to make a documentary which will culminate the main event on 12th April, please be tuned tomorrow to KBC TV 7pm and 9pm Prime News to get a glimpse of what happened during the day. The event is organized courtesy of the Street Actors within Dagoretti.

During the video shoot outs, the street children and youths pleaded relentlessly for their rights with the faith that their voices will reach the far end of the world. Here are some pictures of the making of KBC Channel 1 News

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In 2012 the theme for the International Day for Street Children is ‘challenging perceptions’ – we are encouraging people to question what they think they know about street children. Challenge your perceptions by reading about some.

There are a number of common misconceptions about street children, from who street children are, to how many there are around the world, to why children take to the streets in the first place. Increase your knowledge by reading our ‘myth busters’ below.¬†

Definition

Myth: Street children are children who live on the street
Buster: Street children have many connections to the street Рsome live on the street, some work on the street. Some street children maintain relationships with their family whereas others break all contact.

Numbers

Myth: There are 100 million street children in the world
Buster:  UNICEF estimated there were 100 million street children in 2005. However, it is not known how many children worldwide depend on the streets for their survival or development. Numbers vary by country and by city because of different socio-economic, political and cultural conditions. Additionally, counting street children can be difficult due to their elusiveness and lack of permanent location.

Street children in the developing and developed world

Causes leading children to the streets

Myth: Children connect with the street because of family breakdown
Buster: There are many factors which can push children onto the street including poverty, family breakdown, violence, war, natural disasters and forced marriage. However, there are also factors which pull children onto the street such as financial independence, friendships, adventure and city glamour. It is through a combination of such push and pull factors that children develop strong connections with the street.

Street children as victims

Myth: Street children are victims
Buster: Although street children are vulnerable to the dangers of life on the street, they are also resourceful and resilient. Street children actively make connections with the street Рthey build homes, friendships and earn a living on the street. These connections are vital to their everyday survival.

Street children as criminals

Myth: Street children are criminals/delinquents and add no value to society
Buster: Street children adopt many tactics necessary to survival on the streets, such as begging, loitering and rough sleeping. In criminalising these survival behaviours, society alienates street children and stigmatises them. Street children see themselves as able to make a positive contribution to society despite often negative attitudes towards them.

Street children and substance abuse

Myth:¬†Street children who take drugs do not deserve society’s support
Buster:¬†Some street children engage in substance abuse as a way of coping with the daily reality of life on the street – this can cause street children to be viewed as delinquents. Society needs to understand the reasons for street children’s behaviour and provide specialised support.

Violence

Myth: Street children do not experience violence
Buster: Street children often experience direct exposure to violence. It can be a factor in pushing them onto the street, perhaps through family violence or war. Once on the street, violence is also a challenge Рstreet children have repeatedly reported suffering violence at the hands of adults, the police and other street children.

Street children as rights-holders

Myth: Street children have access to their rights, just as any other child
Buster: One of the greatest challenges faced by a street child is being recognised and treated as someone with rights. Although street children have rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in the same way that all other children do, many government policies do not reflect this.

Courtesy from Consortium for Street Children: http://www.streetchildrenday.org

What makes Christmas more memorable to you? Is it the snow or the Christmas corals, or an image of Santa Claus? When I was a kid I¬†couldn’t¬†imagine celebrating Christmas without eating some kuku (chicken) and chapatis. Then I would bounce around the neighborhood in my new clothing, with the blaring sounds of Silent Night, Jingle Bells serenading the environment. ¬†I¬†couldn’t¬†understand why we had to travel far to meet with almost all my family members, but come every Christmas time I knew that mummy and daddy wanted us to meet our extended family and I loved the good times that we shared together as a family.

That will not be the case, for few kids within Kawangware slums who‚Äôll be spending their Christmas eve on the chilly night on empty stomach, not because they want to but because they have no choice ‚Äď they are abandoned, orphaned, or disowned by their parent; their homes do not or cannot provide them with basic necessities. ¬†This is one of the hardest moments for these kids in the year. It makes their desperation and needs real. It proves to them that they are a little bit less than anybody else.

But we can make the difference and enable them realize that through Christ birth they are worth no less or no more than you and me.  On 23rd December 2011, FIKISHA we’ll be pulling a surprise party for the street children, and we need your assistance to make the day joyful and successful.

  1. Support the budget by either donating clothing or food stuff. There’s nothing as good as a warm food and clean clothes during Christmas period.
  2. Maybe you cannot provide them with accommodation but you can offer them a blanket to cover themselves on the streets. A simple blanket or sleeping bag roughly costs 1000kshs or 10 USD. Or if you are within Nairobi you can give us a call on +254-725-445-068 and we’ll come to  pick it
  3. For the kids in school, you can fund what they really need like school supplies, text books, school uniform and or support the ones who are still on the streets and want to go back to school.
  4. Why not host them for lunch or dinner? You have an option of dinning with the ones in street or the ones who are fully rehabilitated.
  5. Letter does wonders J write a letter, just to let them know how much people care for them. You can post it on our blog, on facebook or just post it to fikishakenya@live.com or fikishausa@gmail.com we’ll make sure that they have it.
  6. Yes, you can add your own ways of making Christmas memorable to this article. Or send us an email on the above addresses.

By Moses Aboka