Hope Starts Here
Kaya Children International responds to children in crisis on the streets and families struggling to meet basic needs. Read below to learn about the many interventions we provide for children who are not formally involved with our program.
In partnerships with a number of local organizations, our street outreach team, made up of staff members and volunteers, regularly visits the streets in La Paz and El Alto. and other locales frequented by children of the streets. Whether it be an abandoned building at midnight or a seedy theater at two in the afternoon, our team meet children where they are and work to build relationships with them over time. Through these informal visits, the street outreach team provides basic medical care, crisis counseling, social support, health education, food and clothing, and a listening ear. Engaging with one of our street outreach workers is generally the first step in a child's transition off of the streets. You can learn more about life on the streets here.
Special Events and Activities
Throughout the year, the street outreach team organizes special events and activities for children living on the streets. These include soccer games and tournaments, complete medical exams, Christmas in July (when we distribute warm clothing and blankets, just as Bolivia enters its winter season), and our annual Christmas dinner. While we often provide material support through these events, we find the greater impact is the simple act of granting the children some dignity and showing them that they are valued and worthy of our love.
Training and Advocacy
Children on the streets inevitably interact with various community organizations - like hospitals, justice departments, and churches. Our street outreach team provides training workshops to help these entities better understand the unique needs of street children and how to best serve, respect, and protect the rights of these children.