After months spent in our socialization shelters (direct welcome centers for street children), many children express the desire to give up street life. The social rehabilitation involves long-term programs in order to reintegrate the child into society or back with his/her family.
For them, we created many types of “rehabilitation” programs, which are proposed to them according to their life, their experience, with respect of their choices and dreams.
Family rehabilitation: Contact with the family (if they still exist) is one of our major concerns. To keep the link, rebuild it if possible is important for the future of the child. With the support of our teams, the link between the child and his family can be re-established, strengthened and sometimes the child can be completely reinserted into his environment.
The Rehabilitation program: This program gets education and socialization together by means of arts and sports in order to make the child’s abilities stand out and push him to believe in himself. After years spent in the street, the challenge is to provide the child with a suitable environment, far from the street, which allows him to progressively get closer to society. Theater, music, dance and singing give the children opportunities to talk about themselves, about what they experienced, about work, drugs, suffering, coldness, the stink of the rubbish dumps. Allowing them to express their experience is also allowing them to consider a more serene future. We also make them practice sports. Through a general collective effort, the child learns how to elaborate a strategy with other children. Physical effort is also a good means to release intern violence that is sometimes hard to control.
School reinsertion: Going out of the street and attend classes is a difficult choice and a complicated but possible challenge when the child is ready to go forward. We support street children who are eager to become or to become pupils again. Supported by our teams, many children find the strength to meet this challenge.
Young people: This program takes in charge the young people aged from 16 to 20 who decided to try another way than that usually followed by street children once they are more than 16-17 years old, i.e. street-offences-drugs-marginality-prison-death. We provide them with education, socialization, training and reinsertion.