emerge poverty free is working together with our partner African Revival Ministries (ARM) to provide a safe home, food and education for the street children of Gitega.
The project started as a pilot in 2011 for 20 boys. Now it has been expanded to include more children and a special programme for street girls.
emerge poverty free currently sponsors the shelter, medical care, psycho-social work and school fees for 40 children.
Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to construct the first purpose made house in 2012 which is a home for 20 boys. In June 2014 we completed the construction of the girls' house. It was ready in time for 20 girls to join, settle-in and start school in September 2014.
Click here for a video about our Gitega Street Children project.
Click here to listen to Vanessa explain her story and talk about her views of the girls' house.
Every time we ask street children what they want the most it is to go back to school and for good reason. Education is the most significant step out of poverty. The street children programme helps children prepare for a return to school and supports them once they are there.
It is not always possible for older street children to go back to school so they can enter the vocational training course and learn a valuable skill that will lead to employment.
Girls are often invisible on the streets but not less vulnerable. This group now enjoys safe housing, food, education and vocational training.
Street boys receive nutritious meals every day in a safe and caring environment.