Mary* is a former street child in Kinshasa. Thanks to local organization EPED she was saved from a life on the street and is here being treated at a clinic due to a recent malaria contraction.
Banda* is living on the streets of Kinshasa. Congolese children can often find themselves homeless due to the death of a parent or accusations of witchcraft in contradiction of UN guidelines for duty of care towards children.
Kapia* has adopted 8 street children as her own. She explains that the children were mostly accused of being witches and disowned so she shows them the love they deserve. The organization which facilitated the adoptions regularly checks in to ensure all is well.
Some poorer Congolese parents can cast their children away. This father struggled for money so his daughter ran away from home. Local grassroots organisations attempt to renuite families and educate about parental duty of care.
Naomi* is a former street child who has been returned home.
Nadine* & Lyly* are the young children of a homeless mother. They live by the side of one of Kinshasa’s busy and polluted boulevards.
Richard*, a street child, is being counselled on the street so EPED can ascertain his situation.
Community outreach work to spread knowledge of the UN regulations for treatment of children.
Community events help EPED spread awareness of street child issues.
Outdoor counselling of Kinshasa’s street children.
Basic medical assistance being rendered to homeless children living next to the main roads of Kinshasa.
Street children in Kinshasa often have fresh wounds due to hostility towards them as well as dangerous living conditions.