Street Children in Pakistan
The number of street children in Pakistan is estimated to be between 1.2 million and 1.5 million, meaning that the country has one of the world's largest street children populations. Although, this number remains anecdotal since it was cited over ten years ago. There has been no head-count or a mapping study of street children in Pakistan except couple of large metropolitan cities such as Karachi and Lahore. These studies were also geographically and scope-wise limited. These studies show that the numbers may be much higher now after the increasing poverty, people's displacement after the natural disasters and war on terrorism in Pakistan.
I am Dr. Mahmooda Aftab from Pakistan and working as a clinical psychologist since 1990. I am also a volunteer member of a non-profit organization named Aghaz-e-Nau (AeN), which is working for the treatment/rehabilitation and HIV & AIDS prevention for People Who Inject Drugs (PWID). AeN is working in Pakistan since 1993 and now intends to establish a rehabilitation center/shelter house for street children.
It is essential to raise public awareness on the problems of street children in order to bring about a lasting change in attitudes. This will be done through information campaigns and by providing training for representatives of police and social authorities, through nationwide media campaigns and lobby work. A strategy will be developed for networking the project with public authorities and other non-profit organizations in order to ensure its long-term existence. Heightening public awareness of the problem of street children is another factor that will help to increase the longevity of the project.
The project will support children who are in need of special protection e.g. victims of violence and abuse, street children, substance abusers, children in conflict with the law, etc. Advocacy for children’s rights at national level, and to monitor their status. Activities in these sectors meet a child’s right to protection.
The project will focus on access to education e.g. early childhood, basic education, secondary and vocational training, health care, skills and acquisition, basic nutrition and shelter. Such activities will be delivered formally and help meet a child’s fundamental rights to provision.
Short Term Goals
National Bank of Pakistan
Address: 1- bank square Market,
Model Town, Lahore
Branch code: 0372
Account Title: Aghaz-e-Nau
Account No: 4010475280
Swift Code: NBPAPKKA
Your donation will be utilized to:
1. Construct a building for a Drug Rehab Center
2. To provide free treatment and rehabilitation services to people with drug abuse problem
3. To carry out drug abuse prevention activities for Young People
4. To empower women and young girls
5. To help small NGOs in capacity building
6. To establish a shelter house, which will reside 30 street children