ACTIVITIES OF THE DAYLY CENTER FOR CHILDREN ON STREETSFor more than three months now a Daily Center for Children on Street is working within the Children’s Embassy-Megjashi. The first two months were a preparation period in which we established contact and cooperation with institutions and organizations, but also contacted the families of the children that are attending the Daily Center.
Starting form September 23 of the contacted 35 children are attending the Daily Center, divided in tree groups of 7-8 children, according to their abilities an the place they live. During their stay in the Daily Center the children take baths, get clean clothes, have snack and attend creative, educational and psycho-social workshops. The children including their families get clothes and shoes depending on the amount of clothes we have on disposal. The procedures for registering children in the Registry Book are ongoing even though there are some problems with the cases (the mother is absent or doesn’t have documentation). We also enable the children to implement the right to health protection for those that have problems especially those that are not registered in the Registry Book.
We are now organizing systematic exams and immunization not only for the children that are attending our Daily Center but also their younger brothers and sisters. This action is implemented in cooperation with the Youth Center “I want to know” in Suto Orizari that is working within the NGO HERA. Throughout this Youth Center free gynecological exams and contraception are also provided for the families of the children that attend the Daily Center.
Despite the described services provided to the children and their families we are making efforts to include these children in the educational system and we see the Daily Center as an alternative form of protection until those children are included in education. We have established contacts with the local schools, but unfortunately they are not willing to accept these children. Another problem for including the children in education is their age (part of them are at the age 10-12 years) so they can not be included neither in regular schools nor in evening schools.
The project Social protection of children on street is financed by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, but also supported by socially responsible companies.