Street Children Mapping, Pilot test..

Today we had a chance to do some overview mapping with children at the new LEEDO Transition Shelter, which is supported by Muslim Charity UK. LEEDO led a rally of 50+ children from their ‘School under the Sky’ site on the Sadarghat terminal 1, to their new shelter which is being constructed.  We then worked with 15 children, after they were given some food, on the mapping exercise. Although I don’t have pictures, we ended with a quick treat of fresh coconuts for some of the children that stayed till the very end!

Paraa has been assigned to design the façade and interior layout for the Transition shelter. This shelter will house up to 25 girls at any time for a length of 3 months.  The aim is to provide care and support in that time to enable them to leave the street completely. We are excited to see it come close to completion.  We will publish a short design report on the project once we get to completion. Currently we are finalising material selection and testing some ideas, as well as ensuring that the space becomes a vibrant and energy filled space for children to live, work and play.

Our workshop today was aimed at understanding further the issues children living in the area faced, and we wanted to test a method of mapping.  So we drew a giant map of the area onto the floor, asking the children where they live, play and work.  The findings will be analysed in the office and will hopefully provide the scope to develop a research proposal that will be relevant to addressing the issues of the children living in the Sadarghat area.

At the same time, we are training some children to learn to use small digital flip cameras, so that in a few weeks time, they are able to present a film to the world about their lives, from their perspective – without intervention from an outsider.  This will be a big challenge and hope that the process we are engaging with, comes up trumps.

Some images below. Most taken by the children themselves.

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