The Amasiko Drop-in Centre is a safe and secure centre in the town where street children can come during the day. It is open five days a week and provides medical care, meals, washing facilities, a safe haven and an opportunity to talk to trained staff.
The Drop-In Centre does not accommodate children overnight, but it serves as a point of contact for the counsellors and street children. The initial contact is made by field workers on the street who inform the children of the centre and win their trust. Where possible the younger children at the Drop-in Centre are steered into formal education through the support of sponsors. Children too old to enter the formal education system are considered for the Amasiko Halfway House, where the emphasis is on academic intervention, acquiring social and practical life skills and, most importantly, re-integration with their own families or a suitably vetted foster family.
Since opening in June 2015 the Drop-in Centre has cared for over 125 children, served more than 8,000 meals and provided more than 120 medical interventions ranging from screening for HIV/AIDS, dental treatment and treatment for lacerations and parasitic infestations through to major surgery. Crucially, more than 30 children have left the street and been placed in full time education or been reunited with their families.
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