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 …

Celebrating the International Day for Street Children in Uganda

The International Day for Street Children is celebrated on April 12th since 2010. The International Day 2017 was particularly important because the publication of the UN General Comment on Children in street situations is expected to be published this year. The theme chosen for the seventh version of the International Day for Street Children was ‘Children’s rights …

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 …

Learning Activities for Resilience

What an abstract concept is resilience!  Are we born with resilience or do we get it from social interactions?  What is this process? JUCONI’s team have been asking these questions and more in the last few weeks. The common understanding is that resilience makes you psychologically strong like a bamboo. But we were interested to learn how vulnerable children and families understand …

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 …

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