On the streets of Lusaka, thousands of young people are living on the streets with limited access to educations and healthcare.
The challenges are enormous for young people living on the streets. The high rates of HIV mean many children have inherited the virus from their parents who have since died, leaving them without a home. They face stigma and discrimination every day and with no funding in many health services, they are unable to seek our treatment and support. Along with his, hunger and malnutrition is rife and without the means to give children regular check-ups, many cases go unnoticed.
How we helped
We worked with Zambia YMCA to reach some of the most vulnerable street children and improve their lives.
We worked with Zambia YMCA to provide nutritious meals for malnourished children, schooling to those who couldn’t earn and education, and ensured they got the medical support so curable diseases and illnesses didn’t go unnoticed.
Through tailored workshops the YMCA also trained young people recognise and educate their peers on the dangers of HIV and other illnesses.
The YMCA also worked with other local organisations that support street children, to strengthen their ability to meet the needs of vulnerable street children in Zambia.
What we achieved
- Provided nutritional, medical and educational support to over 600 street children
- Over 600 young people have a better understanding of their rights and the dangers of HIV and other illnesses
- Over 200 young people people trained in vocational skills so they can earn an income
- 14 other organisations who support street children have increased their ability to respond to meet the needs of street children