Laughter Africa works with street children in Freetown, Sierra Leone to fulfil their aspirations and to help them to bring about positive change in their lives. Laughter Africa delivers this objective through assisting children in leaving the streets, through the following three-phased approach:
Outreach Work. This involves the social workers meeting the children living on the streets through our mobile project or night surveys. The mobile project takes place five times a week from Monday to Friday from 4pm to 9pm. Each day, the following is provided:
1. Medical and health care.
2. Food and water.
3. Counselling, basic education and workshops.
4. Activities such as arts and crafts, cultural dance, modern dance, football etc....
The premise behind the mobile project is that the street children have a point of daily contact with us so if they are sick; or have been in trouble with the police; or have been raped; or face any other challenges, then they come straight to us and we can respond straight away to their needs. We are there for them exactly in the place where they live. If anything happens to any of the street children, we know about it almost straight away.
The Interim Care Centre. The Laughter Africa Interim Care Centre is a safe place for street children to live while attempts are made to find their families. At the Interim Care Centre food, clothing, health care, education, counselling, support and other essentials are provided. Activities such as drama, music, sports, cultural dance, arts and crafts and cookery are also available. The Interim Care Centre is a place where the street children can be children and learn to laugh again.
Home-tracing and family reunification work. This is an integral part of Laughter Africa's approach, through which social workers trace the street children’s families in the hope that the parties can be reunited. Reunification with their families is dependent on whether the family situation is safe and secure. If this is not the case, for instance if there is sexual or physical abuse known to have taken place, then an alternative long-term home will be found. Before reuniting a child with their family, we work with both parties to understand the reasons that led to the child turning to the streets in the first place. Our goal is to ensure that the child feels happier and the original issues that precipitated their move on to the streets are resolved. Once the children have returned home, Laughter Africa offers continued support and pays for their school fees and other school support until they finish their WASCE (the Sierra Leone equivalent of A-levels) or pays for vocational training - whichever option the child prefers. Social workers keep in touch with each child and their family to check on their progress and make sure that all is well. If any problems arise then the staff will intervene before the child is tempted to return to the streets again. Social workers visit the children at home at least once a quarter or more often if necessary.
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