The Dagoretti Child Protection and Development Centre in Nairobi, Kenya provides access to health care, education, skills training and social support for children living or working on the streets.
Since its founding by Amref Health Africa 16 years ago, the centre has welcomed more than 26,000 children.
The centre is built on four pillars – all with the goal of re-connecting children to the community.
- Rescue: reaching out to children living or working on the streets and encouraging them to come to the centre. About 200 children visit the centre daily.
- Rehabilitate: using an arts-based approach to social support through drawing, music, dance, video production and drama. Children use arts to build self-esteem and recover.
- Resocialize: re-uniting children with their parents, extended families or guardians. Through the centre, family members can take part in support groups as well as workshops on parenting and children’s rights.
- Reintegrate: partnering with the whole community – police, schools, community leaders – to re-connect children with the community and to improve children’s access to their basic rights.
Now, you can #DiscoverDagoretti through the eyes of six children and young people who go to the centre.
Launched on the International Day of the African Child, the #DiscoverDagoretti video series puts children’s voices front and centre so we can all listen and learn.