UNICEF project address the needs of street children and street mothers, as well as the families of children on the streets. The UNICEF project aims to prevent children and mothers from entering street life and to protect and rehabilitate those that are already on the street.
The joint UNICEF and the Government project covers 14 major towns in Ethiopia, including Addis Ababa. The programme focuses on the following five areas:
• Education and Sports
UNICEF provides formal education and school materials for over 3,000 street children and non-formal education to another 3,000. Special ID cards have given free access to health care for over 7,500 street children and mothers and more than 2,000 have received health, sanitation and HIV-awareness education. Safe motherhood initiatives, including the provision of free medical care and temporary shelter, have also been provided to hundreds of street mothers and children. In addition, a wide variety of training initiatives have been provided to over a thousand beneficiaries and dozens of apprenticeships have been funded.
The Gender and Child Protection section is promoting the importance of birth registration, emergency protection measures including child reunification in drought-stricken areas and initiatives regarding child labour, particularly its connection to HIV/AIDS in an effort to counter the exploitation of Ethiopia’s millions of vulnerable children.