We work very specifically with children and teenagers from 8 to 17 years of age who live full-time on or under the streets of Santa-Cruz in Bolivia. These children have cut ties with their family and now live in informal street communities in various areas around the city.
We serve children and teenagers aged between 8 and 17 who because of poverty and corruption as well as physical and sexual abuse find themselves living full-time on the streets. We give them the loving environment they deserve, so they can develop health and become educated, useful members of the society that once rejected them.
The economic crisis, lack of employment and low family income oblige many children and adolescents to work. These children prematurely have to assume responsibilities which do not correspond to their age, and frequently are exploited. Also, work impedes many children from attending school. Only 39 per cent of working children continue their schooling, while 4.3 per cent have never gone to school.” UNICEF 2016
Operation Restorations approach to the problem of children and teenagers living on the streets is through working on the streets with staff and volunteers who firstly identify gangs and then develop a relationship with the children through offering to share a meal, playing games and at the same time informing them of the opportunity to move from the streets and into one of our homes where they will be further encourged and nurtured.