This blog is dedicated to generate ideas and tips on how to help Alex and his center for street children in Antanananarivo - otherwise known as Tana.
The center is called Akani Fitihani. It is located near one of the busiest routes in Tana, a street that is surrounded by many many street children. Nobody knows how many, but thousands and more children in the city have no proper home.
Street children come from 3 categories:
1 - Children whose parents have been living on the street (usually for generations)
2 - Orphans and abandoned children
3 - Children whose parents are extremely poor and children who have run away from awful circumstances (think: drug abuse, physical and sexual abuse by parents and relatives).
When the center started in 2000, Alex had 18 children to look after. Now, there are 250 children. The center providers education and life skills, playing time and occasional meals (depending on availabiltty of funds).
Madagascar currently does not have an internationally recognized government, and receives very little aid as a result. The center is on the brink of closing down.
This is an invitation to all to help generate ideas and tips on how we can help Alex and the center survive, so that he and his team can continue the essential work they're doing.
Click on More about the Cenrtre (right) to find an overview of the Center's needs. This may help you come up with ideas.
Ask your children to come up with suggestions, they may have original ideas too :-)