Since the launching of our “Ashoka Arab World Street Children Initiative” in January 2014, a set of activities have been concluded. The initiative’s goals are to: 1) improve the capacities of organizations responsible for protecting street children’s rights, 2) equip street children with knowledge and skills to empower them, and 3) mobilize its resources and expertise to partner with the communities in changing the negative public perception of street children.
As part of the initiative, a sector mapping of shelters and reception facilities designed run by local NGOs targeting street children was conducted. Key informant interviews were conducted with administration from different NGOs that have shelters that receive street children in order to provide better understanding of the main issues, concerns and challenges related to the Street Children phenomenon.
This initiative is part of AWW Collaborative Platform which is based on the collaboration of Ashoka fellows around a common aim, in this case to improve the position of street children in Egyptian society. The three fellows working on this initiative are: Reda Shoukry, Maged Hosny and Sany Kouzman.