What is it like to be a street child?
Francesca D
Francesca D
$25.00
Per person
Excl. 10% service fee

What is it like to be a street child?

Workshop

About this experience

A quarter of the world’s population lives in severe poverty. Many work long hours in poor conditions just to earn enough to stay alive​,​ often surviving on less than £1.30 per day. With this money​,​ they have to pay for everything​,​ including food​​,​ clothes​​,​ somewhere to live​​,​ school and medicines. Many workers have no employer or regular wage. Instead ​,​they work as street vendors: shining shoes​​,​ selling newspapers or recycling waste materials. In the Indian city of Kolkata​​,​ some people earn a living making paper bags out of recycled waste paper such as old newspapers and selling them to shopkeepers. Therefore​,​ in this experience​,​ you will join us to play the paper bag game and experience how street children work so hard​​,​ yet earn so little. By using real cost-of-living prices and wages​​,​ you will get an idea of how you would manage if you had to survive from making and selling paper bags. Aims of the game: To reveal some of the pressures that force children into work. To understand the pressures of trying to survive in an economy with massive unemployment and no social security. To question our use of the world’s resources. To look at and debate the ways in which work is organised and the economic systems that exploit vulnerable communities.

This experience includes

-materials for the workshop -refreshments

Duration

2 hours

Availability

Experience needs to be booked for any weekday.

Participant capacity

10 - 32 people

Social impact focus

  • Animals
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Environment
  • Equality

If you buy this experience

For every participant going on our experience, our staff can take care of 12 street children in some of the poorest countries in the world.

Location

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    Twickenham, Greater London, England, United Kingdom

    What is it like to be a street child?

    Workshop
    About this experience
    A quarter of the world’s population lives in severe poverty. Many work long hours in poor conditions just to earn enough to stay alive, often surviving on less than £1.30 per day. With this money, they have to pay for everything, including food​,​ clothes​,​ somewhere to live​,​ school and medicines. Many workers have no employer or regular wage. Instead ,they work as street vendors: shining shoes​,​ selling newspapers or recycling waste materials. In the Indian city of Kolkata​,​ some people earn a living making paper bags out of recycled waste paper – such as old newspapers – and selling them to shopkeepers. Therefore, in this experience, you will join us to play the paper bag game and experience how street children work so hard​,​ yet earn so little. By using real cost-of-living prices and wages​,​ you will get an idea of how you would manage if you had to survive from making and selling paper bags. Aims of the game: • To reveal some of the pressures that force children into work. • To understand the pressures of trying to survive in an economy with massive unemployment and no social security. • To question our use of the world’s resources. • To look at and debate the ways in which work is organised and the economic systems that exploit vulnerable communities.
    Included in this experience
    -materials for the workshop -refreshments
    Duration
    2 hours
    Availability
    Experience needs to be booked for any weekday.
    Participant capacity
    10 - 32 people

    Experience host

    Hello, we're StreetInvest.

    StreetInvest is an International Development NGO which was founded in the UK in 2008. We now host a global network of organisations and individuals who share our vision of putting a trustworthy adult into the life of every street-connected child. Together we are helping street-connected children to grow and develop so that they can reach their potential, and reduce the abuse and discrimination that they suffer. We do this by promoting and supporting a distinct form of youth work called street work, which can be the first step to positive change in a young person’s life. We know that street work can be the first step to positive change in a child's life. It increases their safety, strengthens their sense of belonging in their communities, and helps them access vital services, like food, shelter and education. We support our partner organisations to make an even bigger difference to children's lives by building their capacity to work with street children. We also strengthen their organisations to be more sustainable, so they can be there for the long term. StreetInvest aims to better inform and positively influence stakeholders through research, data collection and advocacy.

    StreetInvest is an International Development NGO which was founded in the UK in 2008. We now host a global network of organisations and individuals who share our vision of putting a trustworthy adult into the life of every street-connected child. Together we are helping street-connected children to grow and develop so that they can reach their potential, and reduce the abuse and discrimination that they suffer. We do this by promoting and supporting a distinct form of youth work called street work, which can be the first step to positive change in a young person’s life. We know that street work can be the first step to positive change in a child's life. It increases their safety, strengthens their sense of belonging in their communities, and helps them access vital services, like food, shelter and education. We support our partner organisations to make an even bigger difference to children's lives by building their capacity to work with street children. We also strengthen their organisations to be more sustainable, so they can be there for the long term. StreetInvest aims to better inform and positively influence stakeholders through research, data collection and advocacy.