What is IDSC21?
International Day for Street Children (IDSC) is organised by the Consortium for Street Children who are coordinating a global effort to improve the lives of children in street situations. The event has been celebrated around the world since 2012, to "recognise the humanity, dignity and defiance of street children in the face of unimaginable hardships". The Consortium support advocacy and research efforts to "rally governments and individuals worldwide to work together to ensure their rights are protected no matter who they are and where they live. This is why, every year on 12th April we celebrate the lives of street children and highlight the efforts to have their rights respected and their needs met in a caring and respectful manner." (Streetchildren.org 2021)
Are there homeless children in Bangkok?
There are in fact as many as 20,000 children and youths living in street situations in Bangkok. Children living in street situations are at risk of being exploited. This is especially true in Bangkok where many homeless children face physical and mental abuse. Living on the street is dangerous with threats arising from gangs, drugs, prostitution and abuse.
How does Childline Thailand help?
Childline Thailand opened a harm reduction centre 'The Hub' in 2011 to help children in street situations with basic needs, education and a chance turn their future around. In 2020 the Hub offered assistance 10.529 times to children and youths, with many returning to use the services regularly. The Hub provides basic needs to children in street situations including meals, personal hygiene, medical checks, vaccinations and clothing. Counselling and case management supports youths who are in urgent need of interventions due to the challenges of living on the street. The Hub aims to provide long term solutions to improve the lives of children and help them to transition from street situations. Projects at the Hub include activities to help children manage their hardships, child participation and a route to rejoining society.
Do street children have access to essential services?
IDSC21 campaign priority is Access to Essential Services – an issue that has become even more pressing during the COVID-19 pandemic as street-connected children and homeless youth around the world struggle to access services that they are routinely denied.
Not only are street children among the most vulnerable children on the planet – deprived of access to basic services like education and healthcare and disproportionately targeted by violence – but they are now even more at risk of being excluded as the world begins to navigate a recovery from the pandemic.
Covid-19 Survival Bag
We have designed a special Survival Bag that will help provide essential services to homeless children that visit our centre. The bag contains a two week supply of face masks, soap, hand gel and vitamins. Malnutrition and poor health is unfortunately common and vitamins may help to protect the immune system at this vital time. The city streets are unclean, so washing with soap and applying hand gel is essential. The cost of each bag is ฿200 (£5) and Childline Thailand are aiming to raise donations for at least 100 boxes.
Covid-19 Survival Bag contents:
- Medically approved disposable face masks and washable cotton/ bamboo fibre masks
- A bottle of anti-bacterial hand gel
- Bars of anti-bacterial soap
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