A Ryerson University student, from Toronto, Canada, with children from the Dagoretti Child Protection and Development Centre in Kenya
The Dagoretti Child Protection and Development Centre in Nairobi, Kenya provides access to health care, education, skills training and social support for children living or working on the streets.
Since its founding by Amref Health Africa 16 years ago, the centre has welcomed more than 26,000 children.
- Rescue: reaching out to children living or working on the streets and encouraging them to come to the centre. About 200 children visit the centre daily.
- Rehabilitate: using an arts-based approach to social support through drawing, music, dance, video production and drama. Children use arts to build self-esteem and recover.
- Resocialize: re-uniting children with their parents, extended families or guardians. Through the centre, family members can take part in support groups as well as workshops on parenting and children’s rights.
- Reintegrate: partnering with the whole community – police, schools, community leaders – to re-connect children with the community and to improve children’s access to their basic rights.