Comparative analysis of outreach work with street children in Latvia, Czech Republic and India
1 Rīga Stradiņš University, Riga, Latvia
2 Riga Social Service, Pardaugavas district division, Riga, Latvia
3 Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India
Based on available statistics, the number of street children is increasing not only in Europe but also around the world. Street children in the world now number 700 million children who are living below the poverty line, which is attributable to income. In the U.S. street children numbers range from a million to two million – 82% of these children are involved in the drug trade. Number of street children in Latin America is steadily increasing too per year, and approximately 12,500 street children are working .
India purportedly has one of the highest concentrations of street children in the world, with UNICEF estimating their numbers to be as high as 11 million .
To find out the true numbers and to investigate what was involved in street children's lives, outreach work experiences in Latvia, Czech Republic and India collected statistical data, summarized studies and conducted qualitative research. The qualitative research was conducted in Latvia, India and Czech Republic. In Czech Republic 5 outreach social workers in Hradec Kralove city were interviewed and in Riga 2 social workers who work in different Day Centres were interviewed and asked for their opinion. In India qualitative information about outreach work with street children was conducted together with identified outreach work programs.
Key words: Outreach work programs / runaways / social work / social problems / street children
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