Street kids in Djibouti
More than 1100 homeless kids live in the streets of Djibouti, day and night. Most of them come from Ethiopia by foot and in small groups, lots without parents who pushed them onto the street because there were no resources to look after them. Others simply believed that Djibouti could offer them a better future. They sleep on the beach or near a disused railway station and manage to survive during the nights in a ruthless world. Without any form of identity, they have no right to exist and have no access to schools or healthcare facilities. So they live unprotected in the streets and are exposed to mainly three calamities: physical assault, glue sniffing and sexual abuse. Violence is never far off. Fortunately, some of those kids find their way to Caritas-Djibouti. This organisation shelters in average 80 children per day between 08:00 and 18:00 by offering food, hygiene and literacy and sport classes. Within these protecting walls, street kids are allowed to feel being a child again. In collaboration with Caritas-Djibouti, our peer health educators facilitate health workshops for these children, in particular to raise awareness about HIV and other communicable diseases.