We’re providing skills training to enable street children and vulnerable young people to make a living and work themselves out of poverty.
Vocational training for street-connected children in Maputo
Like many of the countries we work in, Mozambique has suffered years of conflict and economic stagnation. The population has been migrating to the big towns and cities as people search for work and a better life. With the increased urbanisation comes an increase in the number of informal settlements (‘slums’) and an increase in the number of children living and working on the streets.
Some children run away to the streets because of the poverty and lack of opportunity at home, some are forced out of their homes by family poverty and/or a changing family circumstances (if a parent remarries for example, the step-children are often not treated as favourably). Once children are on the streets and out of school, life is extremely tough and their future is very bleak.
What we’re doing
Vocational training and Income Generating Activities
Through our local partner organisation Meninos de Mozambique, we are providing skills training for street-connected children and young people in the city of Maputo. Street-connected children are those living/working on the streets, former street children and those at risk of becoming street children in the future. The training is aimed at young people aged between 16 and 22, and prioritises girls.
Once they’re over 16, although young people can still be admitted to school to catch up on the education they missed out on, we’ve found that vocational training is a more viable and sustainable solution. The training teaches the young people skills that they can set up their own kiosks/small businesses with, rather than preparing them for a labour market in which they’re unlikely to find employment because of the economic situation. Areas like hairdressing, tailoring and catering are popular vocational training subjects.