After living months in the shelters, many children express the desire to leave the street life and to reach a more stable environment. Owing to circumstances, we take the child back to his family or we send him to a closed institution (orphanage…). Unfortunately, and in many cases, when a reinsertion in the family is not possible (for many reasons like decease, abandon, second wedding, divorce, violence, Maoist problem…), the established institutions are not adapted to children who have had the street as a house for often several years.
Nevertheless, we are persuaded that a social reinsertion, along with school reinsertion, is possible as long as the child himself is convinced that he is able to do it.
Most of the bad street habits (drugs, violence, criminality…) can be overcome and the children who are ready to make it happen can at last consider the dramas they experienced in the street as bad memories.
The challenge is to combine education and socialisation relying on cultural, artistic and sport expression (dance, singing, music, theatre and circus) to make the child’s skills come out, to make the child believe in himself, in his rights as well as social duties and to share that with other children.
- Theatre: Theatre allows direct expression with the public. It gives the children an opportunity to talk about themselves, about what they experienced, about drugs, suffering, coldness, the stink of the rubbish dumps.
- Music-Singing: Singing also enables the children to express themselves, to talk about themselves and the others, to give a message. The children learn how to play the guitar, to write songs and poems…
- Painting-drawing: Thanks to drawing, we can look into the past of the child, see how his life before the street looked like (the family, the village…). That way, we can get even the most secrete child to talk, bring out the mysteries of his past life and teach him how to consider a more peaceful future.
- Dance: As best form of corporal expression ever, dance allows the children to let their bodies talk. Those of our children, bruised by the street life and hatred need to express themselves to root out their sufferings.
- Sports: Collective sports, like soccer, badminton, volleyball, cricket… encourage the children to elaborate strategies with the others. Physical effort is also a good means to release intern violence that is sometimes hard to control.
- General classes: Alphabetisation, socialisation, English classes… allow the children to find back a level that facilitates public school access. Our children attend maths, health, hygiene, sciences, history… classes.
- It is a first step where the child who has just left the street is re-socialized by means of arts, education, sport and a sound psychological support. This step will continue as long as the child needs it before going back to his family, another organization or to our school reinsertion program (Rehabilitation Level 3).
- When the past is too heavy, the temptations too big or the street too present, the child needs a transitory environment to which he can adapt before considering the return to his family or the move to another organization. That is the way the rehabilitation program was born, in the continuation of the shelters, the rehabilitation program that is a second step in the socialisation of the former street and working children. This program gets different elements together, with respect for the child, his choices and his dreams: