CyberDodo and Street kids(1-38)
By taking control
Each child has his own history and needs to personally take control, which is impossible most of the time because it is in fact the failure of the whole local official system to protect and assist them which makes them turn to the streets.
The full application of the United Nations International Convention on the Rights of the Child could solve all these problems, indeed, no matter what the case may be everywhere, it should serve as a source of inspiration and guidance, see below (See the episode).
Return to their families
Street kids are often deprived of their families, and being reunited with their own people, adopted (See the episode) or placed in a foster family are efficient methods to help them come out of their terrible condition.
Fight against poverty
It is furthermore necessary for the child to be in an environment where he has sufficient means to support him and help him develop, this is where poverty comes in, because if it is not considered to be a global scourge to be eradicated quickly and finally, it will continue to daily create tragedies such as that of street kids.
To protect a child, we must know that he exists! It is fundamental for him to be registered at birth, be given a name and nationality (See the episode).
The Convention reaffirms the right to life and health of the child; regular follow-up on his condition is a guarantee and a necessity, including information on risky behaviours, whether they are linked to hygiene, sexually transmitted diseases, drugs or the dangers of certain "jobs" (See the episode).
All children have the right to go to school, be given space to develop and socialise. Learning of a trade adapted to the local situation will guarantee the child sufficient revenue for a decent life in future (See the episode).
There are indeed other ways to improve the fate of street kids and numerous associations carry out work on the ground that is as remarkable as it is indispensable, the most important being that their situation does not go unnoticed, due to mobilisation of the international community which can and should decide to resolve their situation.
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It is a minor who no longer has a home and who is living and sleeping on the streets, a circumstance aggravated by the fact that he generally has no more contact with his family. It is also applied sometimes to children who, although they live with their families, they are forced to go and work the whole day on the streets.
How many are there?
As is often the case, it is very difficult to answer with certainty. What is certain is that all the continents are affected; the official bodies estimate that they number between 100 and 150 million.
Why is a child forced to live on the street?
There are numerous causes, the first one that comes to mind in most of the scourges affecting children is poverty. Families do not have the means to feed their children and they are left to their own devices and have to find their own means of subsistence, which can also happen when one of their parents dies (Which, for example, occurs millions of times over in Africa because of AIDS).
How do street kids survive?
"They manage" is the reassuring response, often tinged with a vague admiration; in reality, they are victims of rackets, violence and all types of attacks against their physical and moral integrity.
To have something to eat, they are forced to accept any type of work, even if it is dangerous or denigrating; this is how numerous street kids become prostitutes, drug vendors or even child soldiers, forcefully enrolled by heartless militia.
They can also serve as cheap labour in construction and carry heavy loads which will endanger their health and their growth. They are also cleaners, domestic workers, shoe shiners, porters, delivery boys, guards, etc.
The less fortunate or weakest will search through bins and garbage to find something to survive on and are forced to become beggars or even steal, which also places them a little further on the edges of society.
Their absence of an official status exposes them to local gang leaders and other unscrupulous adults to whom they are forever indebted, their salary often being only food or just a bed to sleep on for a few hours.
As if their situation is not bad enough, many of these children will then use solvents and other substances to ‘forget’ their condition, becoming more dependent on these drugs which will affect their health and their judgement.