Pete Kent from Railway Children will talk about their work with vulnerable children in Tanzania.
Railway Children is a leading children’s charity fighting for vulnerable children who live alone at risk on the streets, where they suffer abuse and exploitation. In the UK, society often denies their existence, and in other countries the problem is so prevalent that it has become ‘normal’.
Children and young people run away or are forced to leave home where they suffer poverty, violence, abuse and neglect. They find themselves living on the streets because there is nowhere else to go and no one left to turn to. The problems they face on the streets are often even worse than those they endured at home. Every day we fight to change their story.
Railway Children races to reach children as soon as they arrive on the streets and intervene before an abuser can. Our pioneering work in the UK, India and East Africa enables us to get to street children before the streets get to them.
‘Pete Kent is East Africa Regional Director at Railway Children. Railway Children is a leading UK development agency focused on supporting children living on the streets. Pete spent two years as volunteer teacher living in a small town in Tanzania in 1999-2001. He has been at Railway Children since 2004 and was responsible for establishing Railway Children’s first partnership there in 2006. Since then Railway Children has registered as an independent agency in Tanzania and now supports projects working with children on the streets in six of the major cities with funding from USAID and DFID amongst others. Our work with children focuses on street based interventions, youth based peer support work, and on family reintegration. In addition we work with communities to challenge their perceptions about children on the streets and we work closely with government to create the legislative framework required to protect children on the streets and to help government create the systems that can effectively support children in future years without relying on support from the NGO community.’
To find out more about Railway Children at http://www.railwaychildren.org.uk/
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