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close this bookVolunteer Participation in Working with the Urban Poor (UNDP - UNV, 64 p.)
close this folderII. Insights derived from community-based programmes
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Children of the street

There also remains enormous scope to work with street children in addressing their needs and concerns. Albeit resource-constrained, numerous local NGOs, especially in the Central and South American regions, have already done much work in this area. In one project, for example, an NGO is training children to perform Primary Health Care work in low-income communities in Bombay. UNICEF and UNESCO, with specialised NGOs, are developing joint programmes for urban disadvantaged children in Africa. UNV has also started its own programme to work with street children in Central America, where VDWs will work closely with NGOs and other UN agencies to design projects to meet the inter-related concerns of these children: vocational training and income-generation; non-formal education: healthcare and HIV/AIDS prevention; prevention and treatment of drug abuse: and the special concerns of street girls.