How to reassure children facing emotional trauma?

I have had numerous experiences working with street-connected children. The majority of these experiences have helped me to realise that “change is tough for anyone”, but even more for street-connected children. Have you ever thought of spending a night on the street? It’s not easy at all.   We reassure children that we will be …

Building with Bamboo at the ‘Pathways to Resilience’ conference in South Africa

I was one of the presenters at the ‘Pathways to Resilience’ conference, which was held in Cape Town in South Africa from the 14th to the 17th June 2017. Our ‘Resilience dream team’ included: Sian Wynne, the Resilience Project Manager; Sarah Thomas de Benitez, former CEO of the Consortium for Street Children and co-founder of …

Building with Bamboo’s First Learning Update

We are delighted to announce the publication of Building with Bamboo’s first learning update! This is the first of three updates in which we share the emerging learning from our first learning and innovation cycle (January – March 2017). In this update, we provide a brief introduction to the project, our approach to ‘resilience’ and …

Building with Bamboo on Ugandan TV

I was invited by KOTV channel host, MC Jerry, to a live interview about resilience which was recently aired on Ugandan TV. The objective of the interview was to share with the audience about our work supporting street-connected children exposed to sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. The TV host was also interested in learning about …

Resilience in Child Domestic Workers

Child domestic workers normally predict situations in their employer’s house and prepare accordingly. For instance, when the employer gets drunk in the absence of his wife and enters the kitchen to attempt to touch the child domestic worker while she is preparing the meal, she calls his children as a form of self-defense. The employer refrains from abusing the girl …

Statue Making to Explore Resilience

The street-connected children and the children who were formerly living on the streets have been actively involved in making statues of children on the street to explore resilience. A statue freezes you in a certain position and captures it for all time. As resilient people, we have to be flexible and not rigid like the …

Exploring Resilience Through Radio Stations

We all experience points in our lives where we face challenges, difficulties and issues. Often, we are told by friends, ‘Be strong, you’ll get through this’, or ‘You need to be more resilient’. We have been teaching people ‘What really is resilience?’ and ‘Why is it important?’. Through our resilience program, we successfully composed two songs exploring resilience. One …

Importance of Context

Jonah lived on the street for five years. He was traumatized when he lost his mother; he loved his mother so much because she was so caring and loving to him. His father had no job and would depend on agriculture to earn a living. They would miss some meals in a day and hunger forced …

A Positive Approach to Working with Street Children

Generally children on the streets are not a very nice part of the view.  They look dirty, hungry, and not all of them have sweet faces – on the contrary, sometimes people are scared of them.   There are many stigmas around them, like they are dangerous, junkies, thieves, etc. and they are not people.  Maybe one thinks about how irresponsible …

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