Collins

Collins loves to dance and at thirteen years he claims that

he is the best dancer on the streets. However, the dances are a way of him coping with the hard life on the streets. Collins says “my parents died when I was younger and my grandmother raised me, but she got tired as she is an old woman. I came to the streets and joined other boys”. He sniffs glue all the time and due to his age, he is often picked on and beaten by other bigger boys. Due to his love of dance Collins states “I want to become a dancer like on TV Chris Brown

Reasons for running away

Poverty is one of the main factors in children migrating to the cities and the streets. Many children run away to escape from extreme violence at the hands of parents and authority figures.

There is a universal desire for self-improvement through education in children living on the streets, and many leave home after being forced to work because their families cannot afford the cost of schooling

Dangers on the streets

The situation children find themselves in is often worse than the one they left. Rape and sexual violence are common experiences for many children on the streets of Tanzania and Kenya, and Boys are particularly at risk.

Food, clothing, shelter are hard to come by, and children resort to scavenging on rubbish dumps or being exploited and made to work.

Helpingsteps is a community-based program that is situated in Kenya and is within the initial starting stages and for now, only offers a mobile community Kitchen. The Community Kitchen is not large nor is it capable of providing for all the children as it is limited due to financial constraints. It is critical to note that as for now the Helping Steps program is self-financed and is unable to critically address the needs of the children. While the kitchen community does offer food and water, it is imperative to cater to the overall development of the children. The program aims at offering a safe and hospitable environment for the children in order to cater to their needs and sustainability as they grow into adults.

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