Here you will find all the learning from our innovative learning projects, including reports, workshop write-ups, think pieces and reflection from children, the team and the wider community of practice. You will also find relevant sector news, case studies, resources and guest blogs.

Questioning the Contexts of Adversity

One of the characteristics of resilience is that it needs adversity to develop, hence the phrase ‘in the face of adversity’ rather than ‘in spite of adversity’. So, you can’t really say you’re resilient if you haven’t been exposed to some kind of adversity! I recently attended the Breaking the Cycle conference in Tanzania which …

Survivor or resilient?

When I meet Katharine I could tell she was an impossible person to approach.  She was like a lion in a cage, angry, furious, impatient, menacing, but I tolerated her mood and slowly but firmly I heard all the complaints she had.  Complaints about how difficult the world is for her and how others cannot understand her way.   …

Introducing CSC’s toolkit for working with adolescent street-connected girls

Any street-connected child may be exposed to sexual abuse, but this is an issue which predominantly affects girls. It is the biggest challenge cited by street-connected girls and they report a higher frequency of sexual violence than boys. The result is that girls experience a greater tendency towards depression and self-harm, more emotional dependency on substances, and a higher …

What is resilience?

Resilience is difficult to define. Lots of different definitions have been suggested: The capacity to withstand considerable hardships, to bounce back in the face of great adversity, and to go on to live relatively normal lives. (Gilgun, 1996, Silva, 1996, Turner et al., 1993, Vanistendael, 1995)  A sense of self-esteem and self-confidence; a sense of …

Introducing Krishna from CWISH

I am Mr. Krishna Prasad Subedi and I live in Nepal. I am passionate about working with vulnerable children who have no voice of their own. I started my career as a human rights activist. I actively participated in monitoring the human rights situation during the period of internal insurgency (1996-2006), and I was later …

Introducing Alfred from SALVE International

My name is Alfred Ochaya and I am a Ugandan. I have a passion to support street-connected children because they encounter many difficult situations on the street. I have sadly seen them suffer to the extent that some of them die or are killed. This forced me to think that I needed to work with …

Introducing Martha from JUCONI Ecuador

Who are you?  My name is Martha Espinoza What organisation you are from? I am from JUCONI Ecuador Brief summary of experience working with street children? I started working with street children seventeen years ago when I first joined JUCONI.   I used to go to the streets to make the first contacts with them while we played fun …

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