The situation of the young people in the street is terrible. Numerous are those who have seen their friend dying or going to jail. The organizations that have programs for street children are suspicious of young people, of their violent and mean behavior.
According to our philosophy of direct work with the street, we decided not to close the door in front of them and welcome young people sometimes up to 20-22 years in our medical programs and up to 20 in the shelters. We try to organize basic trainings. We encourage them to launch small shops or to become CPCS workers (help in the kitchen, Shelter Class, Computer Class, hygiene and/or participate in IES). They can also follow any kind of workshop they choose.
They are an important part of society, they are not yet adult but they aren’t children anymore, and they still need support to enter into a working life and become good members of society. They also need to learn and understand their responsibilities. We give them the opportunity to learn but also to be heard by the Awareness Class.
We held 16 Awareness Classes for them and discussed the following topics:
- Importance of National Identity Card/procedures to secure NIC.
- Planning for their future life.
- Family rehabilitation/the importance of family.
- Training/the importance of training.
- Importance of communication/respect with friends and teachers.
- Health and Hygiene
We try to convince them to save money and to stop delinquent or criminal practices and we attempt if possible to guide them to an adequate solution. We struggle to propose them another way than the one usually followed by the street children after 16-17 years, i.e. street offences, drugs, marginality, jail, decease. We provide them with education, socialization, training and reinsertion.
When the young person has already been through some steps of socialization, we often direct him to the YRP (Youth Rehabilitation Program) of the Shangrila organization: its team works on the possibilities of training and access to employment for these young people. The results are impressive: the success rate reaches more than 80%.