Children’s Drop-in Center

Girls“We will strive tirelessly to provide hope. Hope to the children, their families, and the larger community. Hope that there are opportunities for a brighter, healthier, happier future for street children. And hope that we can prevent the next generation of children from ever taking to the streets.”
 
 

Street children in Eldoret are in need of shelter, education, medical care and other services that will enable them to discover their own path towards a healthier, happier, and more productive life. The future paths of these children will vary widely and may include returning to school, learning vocational skills, gaining employment, starting a business, reuniting with their families, living in a children’s home, living communally or even living independently.

The Tumaini Children’s Drop In Center will support and empower them towards their chosen future.

    • Provides a safe, positive off-the-street environment where children can rest, wash, play and learn as an alternative to the dangerous and risky street environment upon which they depend for survival
    • Provides daily breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack
    • Serves as the central site where street children and youths can access medical, educational and social services
    • Connect street children with other service providers, community stakeholders, and families
    • Teach street children using basic educational curricula while they are out of school

Outreach

  • Conduct outreach to children on the streets, barracks and estates surrounding Eldoret
  • Interact with street children in their own environment in order to build rapport, trust and engage them with TCDIC
  • Conduct surveillance and tracking of street children in Eldoret

Drop-In Center

  • Maintain a daily drop-in center for street children that provides a safe, positive environment where children can rest, wash, play and learn
  • Provide daily breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack
  • Serve as the central site where street children can access medical, basic educational and social services
  • Connect street children with other service providers, community stakeholders, and families
  • Teach street children using basic educational curricula while they are out of school

 

Heath Care

  • Provide basic primary health care to street children including
  • Wound care, de-worming, vitamin supplementation, condoms, sanitary napkins, and hygiene.
  • Conducting routine HIV testing, counseling and referrals
  • Providing health and hygiene education
  • Referring and integrating children into the existing health care system in Eldoret

Healthy Alternatives and Case Management

  • Introduce children to “healthy alternatives” to street life, including individual and group activities that fall into the following categories:

- Education
- Life skills building
- Vocational and Business Training
- Community Service
- Recreation
- Arts and Expression

  • Provide both individual and group counseling
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive case management system for street children in Eldoret
  • Monitor street children through the outreach surveillance and tracking system, attendance and participation logs, and follow-up care
  • Establish robust community partnerships and referral networks with schools, vocational trainers, employers, businesses, community agencies and other relevant service providers Communicate with and involve families of street children in their participation in The Tumaini Children’s Drop-In Center
  • Ensure TCDIC staff have the capacity to individually manage street children appropriately and compassionately