The phenomenon of children in street situations is on the rise in major cities of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Kinshasa alone, they were estimated to be between 30,000 and 50,000 about ten years ago. What's concerning is that children are finding themselves in this situation at increasingly younger ages, sometimes as young as 4 years old. Moreover, recent health and political crises have had a severe impact on the region, exacerbating the socio-economic needs of already vulnerable populations and further worsening the plight of these children.
Our collaborative efforts with partners aim to assist and support these young individuals, guiding them towards reintegration and a more promising future. This requires specialized support provided by socio-professional educators, who are present in the six different facilities where we operate in the DRC.
John Mboma is a social educator responsible for vocational integration support. He works at a youth shelter for children in street situations in Kinshasa. He has been working in this professional field for 8 years now. After being initially trained as part of a team, he went to work in the field. He shares the challenges he encounters in his daily work: