Supporting street children in Kinshasa

We provide a vital lifeline for street children — especially girls and young
women living in one of Kinshasa’s roughest neighbourhoods.
Our night ambulance and drop-in centre (see below) help girls to keep
safe, and ultimately leave the streets.

Decades of conflict in the Congo have left millions of people in desperate poverty; tens of thousands of children live on the streets of the capital Kinshasa.

Life on the streets is an extremely tough and often violent existence. Many children beg for food and money. Some turn to robbery and many develop alcohol and drug dependencies.

Many girls are forced into prostitution as a means of survival. It’s not uncommon for them to have babies as a result.

What We’re Doing

Night ambulance

In Kinshasa we’re providing vital medical and emotional care to street children in one of the city’s most deprived districts. We run a Night Ambulance that tours the streets and alleys of Tshangu – looking for vulnerable young people in need of care.

Drop-in centre

We’ve also built a safe-haven for girls and young women to visit during the day (see photos above). They can get a free education, medical help and support to build a life away from the streets. It also provides emergency accommodation for those in acute danger.

Vocational Training

We’re providing training for the young women in Kinshasa who attend our Drop-In Centre. By teaching them skills in professions like hairdressing and tailoring, we can help them live independently and earn a sustainable income.

Family reunification

We offer family mediation for those children who want to try and move back home and help them to get back into school, or earn a living in a more positive way.