Don Bosco Mobil is dedicated to reaching and assisting vulnerable children living on the streets. Our objective is to address the complex challenges faced by these children, providing them with essential support and opportunities for a brighter future. The project specifically targets street children engaged in the situation of prostitution and other ill activities in Freetown and nearby areas, with regular visits to known catchment and congregate areas.

We envision a Sierra Leonean society where street children are treated with respect and provided with love, dignity, and care. We aim to create an environment where their basic needs are met, capacitating them to develop and unleash their full potential. We believe this vision can become a reality with our dedication to meeting their needs.

Don Bosco Mobil was officially established as the primary contact point for all Don Bosco Fambul beneficiaries in 2010. Over the years, we have provided psychosocial support to over 7,000 street children nationwide, successfully reintegrating more than 5,000 back into mainstream society with their families and caregivers. The project is proud of its committed and professional social workers who tirelessly seek out those in the slums, streets, and corners of Freetown to give them a second chance in life.

Our work

The project adopts a comprehensive approach to addressing the multifaceted needs of street children. This approach encompasses attending to their physical health, mental and emotional well-being, educational needs, access to nutritious meals, and supporting family reunification when feasible.

The project conducts daily outreaches using a mobile bus equipped to deliver services directly to street children in their congregated areas. Our team of social workers conducts evening and night visits in slums, hotspots, and other assembled areas to engage with children and youth involved in prostitution and illicit activities, offering counseling, basic healthcare, food, civic education, workshops, safe talks, games, and recreational activities, and other psychosocial supports. These outreaches provide an opportunity for social workers to develop a deep understanding of the children’s situations.

The project also emphasizes the importance of education, offering tailored educational support to street children. This encompasses formal education as well as vocational skills training to provide the children with the necessary skills to break the cycle of poverty and vulnerability.

Additionally, the project provides access to basic healthcare services and engages in advocacy efforts to raise awareness of the challenges faced by street children and to advocate for increased support.

Our work on the street aims to be able to establish trust with street children who actively choose to remain on the street. Building trust with children who want to stay on the streets is crucial, which is achieved through organizing activities in their catchment areas. Engaging in these activities with them helps to strengthen trust and brings us closer to our goal of helping them break free from street life. Once trust is established, we hope street children will be open to relocating off the streets and voluntarily decide to be reunited with their families.

Impact and successes

  • Our dedicated social workers have identified and engaged with over 7,000 street children, providing a safe and supportive space for them to express themselves.
  • More than 5000 street children have gained access to essential services such as healthcare, formal education, vocational skills training, food, and psychological support.
  • We have successfully reintegrated over 2,800 street children back into mainstream society and their families of origin.
  • Over 5000 have participated in our reintegration programs.

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