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Reintegration of street children after a stay in prison

€ 20.000 up to and including 2021

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Support for street children and their families

In Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, West Africa, the LYDIE organization works for vulnerable women and children in their communities. LYDIE focuses mainly on street children and children who have come into contact with the police. Together with a large group of volunteers, the social workers work on strengthening these families, helping in the education of families and guiding these children so that they have a future and a home again.

Future after their imprisonment

The organization works in one of the prisons in the capital and visits and accompanies the children who stay there - often for short periods and usually for minor crimes. They receive training and / or vocational training in prison. Their stay, on average between four and eight months, is not long enough to complete their education. There is no counseling after release from prison.

In 2020 LYDIE will offer a special program to 10 children who are released from prison. These children all come from families living in extreme poverty. The care providers provide tailor-made support, in consultation with the child and the family. The aim is to restore and strengthen the bonds between the children and their families, so that they can live in good harmony at home again. At the same time, every child is given the opportunity to complete their current training at an internship in the city. Parents also receive help to increase their income.


Almost all children in prison are stigmatized and the risk is high that they will immediately end up on the street again and end up in crime. Burkina Faso has been a frequent target of terrorist attacks by groups affiliated with ISIS in recent years. Street children are a popular target group for terrorist groups to recruit members. That is another reason why counseling these vulnerable children is a good step.

Wereldkinderen supports this project for at least one year, and if the results are good, it will be extended.