As with most of our partners, street outreach constitutes the core of Streets Ahead's work. A team of qualified outreach staff visit the streets of Harare both during the day and at night. The purpose of this street outreach is to identify new children, initiate contact, form friendships and work out a plan with each child towards them being able to leave the streets. When a child agrees to be reintegrated with their families/communities, the street workers carry out family tracing and assess the likelihood of a successful reintegration. After intensive counselling, the child is then reintegrated. Post reunification care includes education assistance, skills training and some income generating activities with the parents. Streets Ahead strive to ensure that when a child is reintegrated they will have a chance to fully develop their potential and grow up to become responsible citizens.
Streets Ahead also run a drop in centre which is open during the week and provides children in street situations with a clean and safe environment where they can access washing and laundry facilities, counselling, education in life skills, and recreation activities such as drama and sports. Streets Ahead also run a foster home, headed by an amazing volunteer called Irene. In her own home, Irene offers young children, who can not be reintegrated, a safe and loving environment and the chance to attend school.
Despite the challenges of operating in Zimbabwe, a country which is suffering from huge political and social unrest, Streets Ahead continue to reach out to these invisible children, offering them a life line and the ability to change their lives for the better.
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