Protection and Socio economic rehabilitation of street working and living children at Quetta (2011 - 2012)
The collaboration between Sanjog and UNICEF provided support to government in achieving the recommendation of UN Committee on the Rights of the Children. Street children of Quetta were linked with existing services offered by government institutes and social sector organizations. The results of the project were achieved with the help of governmental institutes like Trade Testing Board (TTB) for imparting vocational skill to the street children. Local government, Metropolitan office and NADRA were involved for the birth registration process. Children and their families were linked with Benazir Income Support Program and Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal.
Specific objectives of this intervention were:
- To provide social & economical assistance to street working and living children
- To get enrolled the children in governmental skill & vocational centers
- To get admission of the children in governmental/private schools and non-governmental literacy centers
- To reunified street living children with their families
- To link their families with safety nets like BISP, Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal
- To provide Life Skills Based Education and counseling sessions at outreaches points as well as in Sanjog’s center for rag pickers
- To provide regular basic literacy classes in the center
- To provide proper nutrition, health & hygiene care to children in the center
- To provide technical skills to children in the center
- To facilitate access to birth registration
- To provide awareness to children, community members and stakeholders through meetings, seminars and theater performances about protection of children
Sanjog had established the center for children at Faqir Muhammad Road. This was subsequently moved to Jan Muhammad road and finally to Imdad Chawk in order to provide easy access to rag pickers.
With the help of the project, 50 children were able to read and write, 50 children changed their means of earning from rag picking, shoe polishing and car washing to tailoring by passing the Trade Testing Board (TTB) exams. 75 street working children were referred to TTB center for skill development. 380 children got birth certificate through the project and more than 100 children were referred to govt. hospital for medication and treatment This center was financially supported by Groupe Developpement and UNICEF.