Day of Street Children 2012
Observed on 12th April every year, the International Day for Street Children (DSC) is a multi-organization attempt across several countries to spread societal awareness of the plight of the life of children on the streets and of our efforts to give them a normal life.
This Day was launched in 2011 by the Consortium of Street Children based in the United Kingdom and was endorsed by the United Nations and UNICEF as a part of the effort to raise awareness about the unique needs of the street children around the world, the dynamics involved, the impact of having children living on streets to national development and how best we can intervene. Observed across 30 countries, including Uganda, the DSC has become a focal point for organizations working for street children in raising awareness and calling for societal efforts including better government support, fund-raising and volunteer programs. More information can be found in The Consortium for Street Children site and the Global Giving FAQspage.
In Uganda, Dwelling Places together with organizations under the Street Children’s Coalition have taken lead in observing the International Day for Street Children with events including a Charity Walk in downtown Kampala, an Inter-School Essay Writing competition, the Football for Awareness corporate football gala, an evening gala and Special Prayer gatherings in churches and mosques across Kampala. The chief walker for the Charity walk will be the Archbishop of Uganda, His Grace Henry Luke Orombi who will also lead the special prayers at Namirembe Cathedral on 12th April 2012.
The cause for DSC is helped by comprehensive coverage by international media and affiliated organizations. See links below for some sample online coverage: