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Reintegration of street children in conflict with the law


€ 40.000 for two years

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Locatie

Ouagadougou

Support for street children and their families

In Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, the LYDIE organization works with vulnerable women and children in their communities. LYDIE focuses mainly on children who have come into contact with the police. Together with a large group of volunteers, the social workers work on strengthening these families and guiding these children socially and professionally to ensure they have a brighter future.

A brighter future

The organization works in one of the prisons in the capital and visits and accompanies the youths who stay there - often for short periods and usually for minor crimes. These youths have access to school or vocational trainings in prison. However, their stay, on average between four and eight months, is not long enough for them to complete their education programme. And after their release there is often no follow-up on the curriculum followed in prison.

LYDIE will offer 30 youths released from prison a special program from 2022 to 2024. Most of these youths all come from families living in extreme poverty. LYDIE's social workers provide tailor-made support, in consultation with the youth and the family. The aim is to restore and strengthen the bonds between the youths and their families, so that they can live in good harmony at home again. At the same time, every youth is given the opportunity to complete their current training at an internship in the city. Parents also receive help to increase their income.

Terrorism

Almost all youths 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. Street children and youths are a popular target group for terrorist groups to recruit members. That is another reason why counseling these vulnerable children is a relevant intervention.

Wereldkinderen supports this project for at least two years.

Update

In 2021, Wereldkinderen helped 20 children and 38 parents with:

  • psychosocial support for themselves and their families through life skills training and family mediation
  • accessto  vocational training and finding work as well as supporting with coaching and mentoring