Field activities represent more than 40% of the actions of CPCS. It is one of our major departments, which allows us to remain close to the street, to know what happens there, to follow the children in their place, in their area. The relation child-organization is reversed because this time, the child does not have to go to the premises of the organization; the latter comes to him, in his own world.
The field activities are numerous:
- Informal education service
- Community involvement program and street-based actions
- Simple field visits (night and day)
I.E.S. (Informal Education Service)
CPCS organizes field visits in every area where street children live, suffer and work. Each day, our social workers spend three hours on the street, in the main areas of Kathmandu where street children live and work. The children who wish to participate can get involved in socialization and educational activities such as games, sports, basic education (e.g. reading books) and awareness classes about HIV, drugs, basic hygiene and medical care.
I.E.S. is a direct street action. Every day, height to ten of our social workers (field workers, nurses, psychologists, sport teachers, educators…) spend three hours in the main areas of Kathmandu or other cities where street children live and work. The teams are prepared to respond to the particular circumstances of the day. They have bags at their disposal in which there are various tools for work and contact (balloons, games, drawing material, books, emergency kit, soap, stationeries, pens…). The field workers choose one of the possible activities (class, washing, game, awareness classes…) according to the number of participants, their problem (linked with drugs or alcohol consumption but also arrest, fights…), the places available and the desires of the children. I.E.S. allows us a permanent and daily contact with the children of each area, what allows us to evaluate its risks, the new dangers, the changes, the diseases, the needs… The trust that binds CPCS with the street through I.E.S. permits the implementation of a sound socialization and rehabilitation work.
“Community involvement program” and “street-based actions” (CIP – SBA):
The SBA-CIP’s goal is to establish a link between social or field workers and the community. We divided Kathmandu in to 12 large areas, which are taken in charge by two or three of our workers. They are free to create their exchange network with:
1. The street children
2. The working children
3. The present organizations
4. The authorities
5. The public
The various information is gathered in the main office and presents CPCS with an important network of relations ready to intervene for the street.
CPCS staff meets with police officers, shopkeepers and other NGOs in order to involve the public in our activities by helping them recognize that street children are totally part of society and that they are entitled to a minimum of respect. This is accomplished through organizational visits, public relations meetings and authority relations.
About 20 social/field workers are present daily in the street, simply to visit the various areas. The objectives of these field visits is to intervene quickly and efficiently in case of injuries, arrests… but also to get in touch with the child and to bring those who desire it to shelters. The newcomers, who have just arrived in the cities, are also located this way.