If a girl is on the street for more than a week, the likelihood is, she will never be able to leave”.
Umthombo — Durban, South Africa.
Amos Trust has 30 years’ experience of working with children on the streets of South Africa. In 2010 we set up the Street Child World Cup with our local South African partner to transform the way society perceived and treated children on the streets.
Following the huge success of the 2010 and 2014 Rio Street Child World Cup, we decided that we had to step back and refocus our work and address the massive gap in effective responses for girls on the streets.
To look at why projects found it so hard to work with these girls, and what we could do to address this.
Between 2014-2018, with some funding from Comic Relief, we worked with partners, in India, South Africa, and Tanzania, to develop highly localised responses for girls and young women. We felt it was time for the next step.
In October 2018 we brought together frontline workers from these programmes together with a few other select organisations that are on a similar journey. In a weeklong workshop, they shared their learning and their challenges. They worked together to identify how they can make their responses, which are often very fragile, stronger and more effective.
Our learning from 2018 has shaped the different strands of On Her Terms, which is a campaign, a methodology and a space. Please click here to read more.
On Her Terms: sharing knowledge about working with young women and young mothers on the streets.