Railway Children

Reintegration of street children in Mwanza

The project seeks to contact children living alone and at risk on the streets of Mwanza, Tanzania and enable them to access a place of safety, engage with education and return to their families, where possible.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1058991)

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Our 2008 study found that there were 392 children and youth living on the streets and only 13 had accessed available services. Most came from homes with either single parents or grandparents, and poverty at home was the leading cause for them coming to the streets. Domestic violence was the second most common factor. Over 25% had never attended school, while 45% had dropped out. The children stated that education and family were the means by which they could improve their lives.


Street based workers will contact children on the streets and build a trusting relationship, encouraging them to engage with the shelter away from the risks of street life, where they can access basic needs and education. Counselling will prepare the children for a return to their families, where possible. Family work will prepare the family for the child’s return and they will be supported with school uniform, educational materials and school fees, to ensure the child can return to education.