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Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Quetta
AB BUS KARO” Campaign
Protected Children from sexual exploitation
Child abuse is one of the most ignored issues in Pakistan despite its significance. 80% children in street situations are vulnerable to exploitation by abusers who may sexually assault them; even the number of reported cases has been increasing in the last two years which is now getting the attention of national media. Child sexual abuse can result from mental, physical or emotional harm. In many cases, the children are not even aware that they are victims of child abuse.
AF-KPCPWC and campaign partners will develop their short term campaign’s strategic goals within scope of key policy issues and action plans leading towards their achievement. The campaign will consist of seminars and consultations to develop State discourse around policy issues to formulate solid recommendations for bringing policy or legislative change. Music, walk, theatre, and other entertainment activities will also be a part of the campaign for awareness-raising of the masses. These activities will be organized at country level by and with support of partners.
Public service messages for television, social media, cable TV, mobile phones, radio and billboards highlighting rights and protection concerns of street connected children will also be designed and launched to increase awareness around this grave issue. Street Children Ambassador will also play an important role in it.
The campaign was launched on the universal children day 2019 at Chief Minister (CM) House Peshawar, thus Azad Foundation had arranged the grounds preparation activities in different locations of Peshawar to sensitize the masses towards child protection issues. In these sessions, our team did sensitization of the participants, regarding child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.
1. Sensitization sessions in Peshawar University Peshawar:
2. Sensitization session at Special Education Complex Phase V Hayatabad Peshawar.
3. Sensitization sessions at Zamung kor Model Institute for State Children Peshawar
Media Campaigning for Universal Children Day:
Handicap International supported the Azad Foundation in a kind of media campaign.
He also issued the messages of Worthy Chief Minister KPK, and Secretary Social Welfare, through local newspaper ads, to show the commitments of the Govt towards Children rights.
Empowerment of Street Connected Children using Sports as Developmental Tool
In order to promote the importance of child’s right to play and provide healthy sports and leisure activities for children connected with streets, Azad Foundation is planning to start a new project on Sports for Development and Peace. The project will aim to provide street connected children opportunities to exercise their right to play and their rehabilitation and social integration to support outreach services. The project will also aim to empower vulnerable communities in 12 districts of Pakistan through realization of importance of sports as key tool for positive child development through information and capacity building and by facilitating the communities to strengthen the current and establish new sports initiatives and facilitates.
The project activities at community and outreach level will be supported by the partner organizations from public and private sector, local and international philanthropist and lobbying parameters will be formed with the government to support and strengthen the sports facilities at community level.
The project will also assess the existing S4D Projects working in the country and their effect on the development of children connected with streets. Fact Sheets, Newsletters, and reports will be published and shared with all the relevant stakeholders.
As an exit strategy, the project will hand over the sports initiatives to the community groups empowered during the 3 years who will run them with the support of public and sports organizations working in the communities. The project will keep advocating for policy development at provincial and national level in context of children’s right to play.
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Location KARACHI AND ISLAMABAD
Child friendly creative learning Centre:
Overall Objective: Enabled to achieve their full potential through activity based learning by growing in a secure and stable environment
Project Objective: to provide activity based learning platform to the street children that they enhance and flourish their hidden skills through which they become the roots of future and maximize economic, environmental and social benefits for themselves as well as for the nation.
Project Descriptions: Education is the foundation of a prosperous future. Given the opportunity, the street children can grow up with the tools and confidence to aspire and achieve their goals and become the roots of a future.
This bamboo Centre designed for street children to provide them with an environment where they enhanced and nurturing their skills in a safe and child friendly environment. This effort hopes to provide the fundamental right based services for almost 1000 street children in Karachi and Islamabad.
The Centre run by Azad Foundation, to supplement the lack of skills in area that leaves and work many children without an education. Children ages from 8 to 15 learn Art, performing arts and craft, digital arts, Music, Life Skills, English Reading & Writing, and Mathematics from this platform. These subjects all begin with fundamental concepts: children need to speak well, write well, they need to be able to count, to measure and distinguish between forms and create new ideas.
Is to design a mobile structure that can be assembled in Karachi using materials which is sustainable, low cost and easy to construct, material-namely BAMBOO & POLYCARBONATE SHEET.
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The project design was based on programmatic strategy document of Azad Foundation for year 2018-2023. The document is based on experience and lessons learnt in previous years of implementation and contains outputs and strategies to improve protection and policy environment for street children in Pakistan.
The project was designed to achieve the maximum outputs given in abovementioned document. It includes outputs and related activities derived from the same. Project focuses on filling I the gaps working in prevention and protection of street children in KPK.
Following are the key components of the project that address different aspects of the problem:
Outreach Protection/Information referral centers
One center will be established in each city being covered in the project. The purpose of the center is to provide protection related information to street children and refer them to relevant and required protection services whether public or private. The centers will also host some specific services like counseling, non-formal and life skills education, and case management. These centers will be established in areas where most street children are found.
These centers will play a key role in rehabilitation of street children through motivation and counseling. Azad Foundation’s 5-step strategy of rehabilitation will be applied comprising of following stages: identification, trust building, protection, rehabilitation and reunification.
At least 2 KIOSK will be established in each city at the entry points from where runaway children arrive. The purpose of these KIOSK is to record the increase in population of street children through information gathered by the key informers present at the entry points, peer educators and collection of observational data. Additionally, these will be the first line of identification and reunification as a new child will enter the city the staff at these KIOSK will immediately come to know about and it will be easier to engage the child and motivate him to return home rather than after he spends a week or more on the streets because then he’ll become accustomed to the illusion of freedom and interests that are available on streets.
referral Transit Care Residential Center
The project will establish a model transit care residential center for street children. This will be a comprehensive facility that will cater the whole province of KPK. The transit care residential center will set an example and learning environment for organizations and government on rights-based rehabilitation and social reintegration of street children. Azad Foundation will standardize all the facilities and services as well as build capacities of the personnel on child rights and child protection. The administrative control of the facility will be with Khyber pakhtunkhwa child protection and welfare commission. The infrastructure of the center will ensure that all relevant services such as education and skill development are available within the center. The center will be built to meet all the international standards and guidelines set by UNCRC. The case management component will be mainly operated through a specialized case management team in this center. Case management will include case reviews, case plan development, counseling and life skills services, family tracing, family counseling services and reunification plan development leading to reintegration in family.
Child protection Helpline (rescue and referral)
An adequately equipped and technologically sound child protection helpline already established in KPCPWC which is provided online guidance and counseling services on abuse, violence, neglect and violation of rights of children (boys and girls) with an active follow-up system. The latter is usually a missing component in such interventions. A comprehensive Caller Data Management System (CDMS) will be at the heart of the helpline enabling enhanced data management and reporting functionalities.
At present Azad foundation is working on several projects in Pakistan on protection, prevention, rehabilitation and reintegration of children connected to the streets to change their lives and bringing out of street.
You can choose any of our projects in particular or general to help as a Partner. If you would like to prefer a particular project to help, we can allocate your funds for that specific component that most close to your objectives.
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Our partner organizations, governments and other official bodies recognize and value the fantastic work done by azad foundation. None of it would be possible without the support of people or organization like you.
Every year thousands of children are helped through our work. Lives are change; children are enhancing their lives through income generation, shelters, rehabilitation and reintegration in society. They are provided life skills education to protect themselves against sexual abuse and violence and so much more.
And above all, our programs are helping children to help themselves. By working to enable children to stand on their own feet and making their dreams come true. Your money is helping street connected children to overcome poverty, help their families and look forward to a better future.YOU CAN JOIN US AS:
Q11: What is guiding Principal of the CRC (Convention on the Rights of Children)?
United Nations Convention on the Rights of Child (UNCRC) does not only guarantee and entail basic rights to the children, but the Convention has also laid out the guiding principles for any and all interventions for children around the globe. These four guiding principles are the bedrock of Azad Foundation’s (AF) philosophy of work as highlighted below.
Best Interest of the Child
A contrast exists in the concept of human rights as an 18-year-old human is entitled to more rights than an 8 years old. This is essentially, and intrinsically, against the concept of human rights. Eliminating this unethical division constitutes one of our core aims. We uphold the notion that all children must be guaranteed basic rights and whatever decisions are taken must reflect those rights.
Participation empowers those about whom a decision is being taken. Therefore, we justly realizes the importance of including a child so as to enable him to participate in the decision-making process, actively. We believe a child must not only be aware of the decision, but he should have an overall awareness of the process, implementation, and the consequences of any decision on his life.
Survival and Development
Survival is the most important UNCRC guiding principle for us. That is why, we have gone one step further and included ‘development’ with this principle. This is because we realize that, from a street child’s perspective, survival is the most pressing issue a street child faces. Thus, if it is not guaranteed then his development also cannot be guaranteed.
All children on the streets must be reached out, rendered services, and treated alike. This is the sheer manifestation of our commitment towards the cause of children in street situations. It overlooks race, ethnicity, family background, linguistic background, social status, and gender to uplift the condition of children in street situations in all services and interventions with them.
Q10: What are the key policy issues of street Children in Pakistan?
There are various key policy issues for the children in street situations in Pakistan that include birth registration, child rights, child labor, child sexual abuse and exploitation, early childhood marriages, gender biased norms and child protection issues found in almost every region of Pakistan. The injustice found in the juvenile justice system and the disturbed situations in the rights of health and basic education are also considered as the key policy issues of our country regarding street children. The provinces have been active in adopting and promulgating on legislation on child rights but the laws fall short in provision of social protection specifically for street children.
Q9. What are the basic Child Protection issues in Pakistan?
Child protection issues in Pakistan are like the bitter truth of the nation before the world. There are as many issues of child protection including child labour, brick kiln bondage, domestic slavery, child labor, corporal punishment, trafficking, prostitution, child sexual abuse and exploitation, drug abuse and harassment, harmful customary practices, health issues and disabilities in children due to lack of better access to life. Study shows that these child protection issues found with almost every street child in Pakistan can result in drastic socio-economic consequences in the upcoming eras.
Q8. How many children are sexually exploited and abused in Pakistan every year?
There are various surveys available telling that each year almost 7-9 children are abused daily in Pakistan according to expert opinions. There are more than 3000 cases been reported almost every year mentioning varying figures regarding the child sexual abuse all across Pakistan. Study reveals that in these cases more girls become the victim of sexual abuse than boys both under the age of 6-16. In 2018, there were 3,307 such incidents reported to police, while a total of 3,832 child abuse cases, 2,327 cases of child sexual abuse alone, were reported by newspapers in all four provinces (having Punjab province on the top followed by Sindh) which was considered to have increased by 11 per cent in year 2018 compared to 2017 as researches declared, while a little varying ratio continues to appear in the year 2019 and 2020.
Q7. How many organizations are working for Street children in Pakistan?
There are various types of organizations, such as National and International, empowering, service orientated and charitable organizations which are working for the rights of street children along with many other social activities like Azad Foundation, Dost Foundation Peshawar, IHDF and many other non-profit organizations. Such organizations are based on public funding, donation and charity through which they can help amending the lifestyle of street children, fight for their rights, bringing positive change, rehabilitation, integration and child protection in the society and eliminating the possibility of further barriers in the sustainability of their lives.
Q6. How many Street children are there in the world?
According to the UN (United Nations) report there are 100 to 140 million street children worldwide that is more than the entire population of France and Great Britain combined.
Out of these “20 million children live on the streets around the clock without their own family.” And there are 25 million street children in South Asia.
While in Pakistan the number of street children is around 1.5 million, whereas 220,000 street children are found in Karachi alone. However, the children at risk who are not begging, working or living in street situations and belong to underprivileged and marginalized communities, where poverty rule, having no access to hygiene, health, education and opportunities to a better life; the prevalence of such children are about 8 million in Pakistan.
Q5. How many Street children are there in Pakistan?
There are estimated 1.5 million children living in the street situations in Pakistan who are working or living in the streets. However, the children at risk who are not begging, working or living in street situations and belong to underprivileged and marginalized communities, where poverty rule, having no access to hygiene, health, education and opportunities to a better life; the quantity of such children are about 8 million in Pakistan, which would keep increasing until immediately be acknowledged by the higher authorities. Azad Foundation is working with 12 districts throughout Pakistan to prevent the risk of the next 8 million children from the street situations.
Q 4. What are the risks of children being on the streets?
There are various possibilities of disastrous risks of a child being on the street. Including the vulnerable children who remain from being registered, not having any supervision and advocacy are left defenseless against maltreatment by the individuals who realize that they have no security from family or the law, and no response to equity. Such children can be easily targeted by the abusers even by law enforcement or government officials too. Street children don’t have someone to guide them; they are sometimes hired by the gangs and work as a group for begging and stealing and performing other street activities. These children can be easily exposed to criminal activities and substance use. Drug addiction and sometimes commercial prostitutions remains the only way for them to curb the realities of the crucial life of the street filled with non-equality and discrimination. Many researches show that these children develop a very low range of positive emotions and hope for well-being and a second chance to life to suffer from anxiety, humiliation, and alienation provided by their circumstances.
Q3. What kind of jobs do the Street children do?
Street children do menial jobs like garbage picking, unbounded labor, and selling minor items like newspapers, tissues, toys, flowers or cheap eating / wearing goods at signals / streets or at other public places. People hire them sometimes to work for them as servants and stewards, but unfortunately in most of the cases these children are considered as open prey easily available for exploitation, people with hidden dark purposes pay and involve these innocent children in illegal duties, on behalf of which these children could be harmful assets for future, which must be vehemently prohibited. While the rest of the children beg from other people in the name of religion, such children belong to illiterate underprivileged and marginalized communities, many of them have lack of abilities to work in any area.
Q2. Why do children live or work on the streets?
Causes that bring children to streets may be different. It is an established fact supported by multiple researches and situational analyses that poverty and other contributing factors such as ruptured family system, neglect, physical, psychological, abandonment, imprisonment of parents, and divorce etc play key roles in pushing children to leave home. And at the same time it is quite difficult to depict all those problems, issues, distress, sufferings and despairs of street children as clearly as we have found them due to cultural and other barriers. However, attempts have been made to highlight only those issues of children which are of great concern not only for us as a society but as Humans. Children may migrate to the streets for other reasons as well, including: Peer Pressures, domestic violence and urbanization.
Q1. What is the definition of street children?
UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) defines street children as:
Azad Foundation scopes this group as children who live and/or work on streets including children of homeless families and those who beg without any adult. The key differential from other children is the absence of adult supervision during the time these children spend on streets. OR Street children can also be defined as “they are those for whom the street (in the widest sense of the word: i.e unoccupied dwelling, wasteland etc) more than their family has become their real home, a situation in which there is no protection, supervision, or direction from responsible adults.”
“Street children or children of the street are either orphans or children who have been turned out or abandoned by their parents. But most of them have run away from their home.”
Following are the subcategories of Children in Street Situations:
Living: Children who ran away from their homes and live and work on streets fall in this category. These children are 24/7 on streets and have no connection with their families. They are most vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Reasons behind leaving home include poverty, domestic violence, corporal punishment and peer pressure.
Working without supervision (highly vulnerable): Children who come to work on streets, 10 to 14 hours a day, fall into this category. Usually their parents send them to streets to find work like garbage picking, un-bonded labor, car wash, or selling items at signals. These children are very much at risk of developing strong street connections and one day leave their home to live on streets. Generally, they are not part of an organized working system.
Working with supervision: Children belonging to this category are the same as the children who work without supervision, but there is one stark difference between them both i.e. children in this category work under the supervision of their parents or an employer. As a result, children working under supervision are less vulnerable to exploitation.
Following are the sub-categories.
Homeless: Children of homeless families are a new and growing category in Pakistan. Their numbers spiked especially after the earth quake in 2005 and subsequent natural disasters and the war on terrorism that forced millions of people to migrate from northern areas of Pakistan to large metropolitan cities in order to find refuge. They are as much at risk as working children since they also roam the streets and develop similar connections while being unsupervised by any adult.
Beggars: Not all begging children fall under children in street situations. Only those who are begging unprofessionally, without adult supervision and spend at least 6 to 8 hours on streets are considered under this category. They are also vulnerable to all sorts of exploitation and abuse especially the girls.
At Risk Children: These are children who are not living, working, begging or in state of homelessness on the streets. They are part of poor, underprivileged and marginalized communities where poverty rule and their access to education, health, hygiene and opportunities to a better life is minimal or next to none. They are out-of-school and spend most of their time out of their homes without any adult supervision or guidelines. They are very susceptible to turn towards drugs, exploitation and one day become a part of streets. We estimate that there are almost 8 million children living in such communities/slums in large metropolitan’s cities of Pakistan.
Azad Foundation is diligently engaged in rehabilitation and social integration of street working and living children. It is striving as a leading organization in rehabilitating the victims of abuse, providing basic services including information and referral to services provider, medical, shelter, education and sports for development to build their confidence in life.
Azad Foundation collects Zakat and Fitranah from all the reputable and blessed families and individuals around the globe to help the children living and working on the street of Pakistan. Most of the children are working on the streets due to the growing level of poverty in Pakistan. Thus, it is always important to provide them alternative resources. To minimize the severity of the issue, AF helps children to maintain their families by providing them microfinance so that they can start their small business activities and stay safe from the hazards of street life.
The Example of those who spend their wealth in way of Allah is like seed of grain which grows seven spikes; in each spike is hundred grains. And Allah multiplies His reward for whom he will. “
(The Holy Quran , 2:261)
We feel sure while making this appeal that the trust we repose in you will be reciprocated commensurately. So we call to come on and attain the rewardful blessings of Allah by contributing your Zakat, Fitranah, Kaffarah and Charity Donations benevolently for the rehabilitation and social integration of these children. Allah Almighty will certainly deliver you with His Mercy and Kindness benevolently, on the Day of Reckoning.
You can pay your ZAKAT, FITRANAH or KAFFARAH online through credit cards or PayPal on our website by clicking on respective icon. Alternatively, you could make checks payable to the Azad Foundation and its projects in the Zakat Account of Azad Foundation. Account Details are as follow
This includes family tracing, coordination, travelling, documentation, and counseling. We ensure that a child reunites with his/her family willingly and safely. Intra-city reunification: PKR 5000 /child Intercity reunification: PKR 12000 /child
Your generosity will get a child, sports equipment nutrition’s supplements and football coaching. Through this, we prevent children in street situation from getting involved in malicious activities. PKR 1500/child.
A child learns basic life skills, basic education, and how to communicate & protect himself in street situations. Counseling in outreach Center: PKR 1000/child for a month.
When a child is on the street, we keep him/her engaged in various recreational activities. Recreational Activities per month: 700/child
A child is provided with a nutritional supplements and providing balanced meals in Ramadan and other religious and social occasions, in outreach Per Meal & nutrition’s supplement: PKR 250 /child